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Thornton Wilder Quotes: "I not only bow to the inevitable I am fortified by it."

I not only bow to the inevitable I am fortified by it.




Thornton Wilder Quotes: "It is only dogs that never bite their masters."

It is only dogs that never bite their masters.



Thornton Wilder Quotes: "If you write to impress it will always be bad, but if you write to express it will be good"

If you write to impress it will always be bad, but if you write to express it will be good



Thornton Wilder Quotes: "[Camila] was quite incapable of establishing any harmony between the claims of her art, of her appetites, or her dreams, and of her crowded daily routine. Each of these was a world in itself."

[Camila] was quite incapable of establishing any harmony between the claims of her art, of her appetites, or her dreams, and of her crowded daily routine. Each of these was a world in itself.




Thornton Wilder Quotes: "But such occasions of excellence became less and less frequent. As her technique became sounder, [her] sincerity became less necessary."

But such occasions of excellence became less and less frequent. As her technique became sounder, [her] sincerity became less necessary.



Thornton Wilder Quotes: "So - people a thousand years from now...This is the way we were: in our growing up and in our marrying and in our living and in our dying."

So - people a thousand years from now...This is the way we were: in our growing up and in our marrying and in our living and in our dying.



Thornton Wilder Quotes: "Pride avarice and envy are in every home."

Pride avarice and envy are in every home.




Thornton Wilder Quotes: "Leadership is for those who love the public good and are endowed and trained to administer it."

Leadership is for those who love the public good and are endowed and trained to administer it.



Thornton Wilder Quotes: "We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures."

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.



Thornton Wilder Quotes: "Never support two weaknesses at the same time. It's your combination sinners - your lecherous liars and your miserly drunkards - who dishonor the vices and bring them into bad repute."

Never support two weaknesses at the same time. It's your combination sinners - your lecherous liars and your miserly drunkards - who dishonor the vices and bring them into bad repute.



Thornton Wilder Quotes: "Look at that moon. Potato weather for sure."

Look at that moon. Potato weather for sure.



Thornton Wilder Quotes: "Seek the lofty by reading, hearing and seeing great work at some moment every day."

Seek the lofty by reading, hearing and seeing great work at some moment every day.




Thornton Wilder Quotes: "Throughout the hours of the night, though there had been few to hear it, the whole sky had been loud with the singing of these constellations."

Throughout the hours of the night, though there had been few to hear it, the whole sky had been loud with the singing of these constellations.



Thornton Wilder Quotes: "The unencumbered stage encourages the truth operative in everyone. The less seen the more heard. The eye is the enemy of the ear in real drama."

The unencumbered stage encourages the truth operative in everyone. The less seen the more heard. The eye is the enemy of the ear in real drama.



Thornton Wilder Quotes: "Marriage is a bribe to make the housekeeper think she's a householder."

Marriage is a bribe to make the housekeeper think she's a householder.



Thornton Wilder Quotes: "Where there is an unknowable there is a promise."

Where there is an unknowable there is a promise.



Thornton Wilder Quotes: "I can't look at everything hard enough!"

I can't look at everything hard enough!



Thornton Wilder Quotes: "Many plays certainly mine are like blank cheques. The actors and directors put their own signatures on them."

Many plays certainly mine are like blank cheques. The actors and directors put their own signatures on them.



Thornton Wilder Quotes: "That's the advantage of having lived sixty-five years. You don't feel the need to be impatient any longer."

That's the advantage of having lived sixty-five years. You don't feel the need to be impatient any longer.



Thornton Wilder Quotes: "I know that every good and excellent thing in the world stands moment by moment on the razor-edge of danger and must be fought for."

I know that every good and excellent thing in the world stands moment by moment on the razor-edge of danger and must be fought for.



Thornton Wilder Quotes: "A play visibly represents pure existing."

A play visibly represents pure existing.



Thornton Wilder Quotes: "Many who have spent a lifetime in it can tell us less of love than the child that lost a dog yesterday."

Many who have spent a lifetime in it can tell us less of love than the child that lost a dog yesterday.



Thornton Wilder Quotes: "We live in what is but we find 1 000 ways not to face it. Great theatre strengthens our faculty to face it."

We live in what is but we find 1 000 ways not to face it. Great theatre strengthens our faculty to face it.



Thornton Wilder Quotes: "Love is an energy which exists of itself. It is its own value."

Love is an energy which exists of itself. It is its own value.



Thornton Wilder Quotes: "People are meant to go through life two by two. ’Tain’t natural to be lonesome."

People are meant to go through life two by two. ’Tain’t natural to be lonesome.



Thornton Wilder Quotes: "The highest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude."

The highest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude.



Thornton Wilder Quotes: "A sense of humor judges one's actions and the actions of others from a wider reference ... it pardons shortcomings it consoles failure. It recommends moderation."

A sense of humor judges one's actions and the actions of others from a wider reference ... it pardons shortcomings it consoles failure. It recommends moderation.



Thornton Wilder Quotes: "If a man has no vices he's in great danger of making vices about his virtues and there's a spectacle."

If a man has no vices he's in great danger of making vices about his virtues and there's a spectacle.



Thornton Wilder Quotes: "The central movement of the mind is the desire for unrestricted liberty and (...) this movement is invariably accompanied by its opposite, a dread of the consequences of liberty."

The central movement of the mind is the desire for unrestricted liberty and (...) this movement is invariably accompanied by its opposite, a dread of the consequences of liberty.



Thornton Wilder Quotes: "Only it seems to me that once in your life before you die you ought to see a country where they don't talk in English and don't even want to."

Only it seems to me that once in your life before you die you ought to see a country where they don't talk in English and don't even want to.



Thornton Wilder Quotes: "The more decisions that you are forced to make alone, the more you are aware of your freedom to choose."

The more decisions that you are forced to make alone, the more you are aware of your freedom to choose.



Thornton Wilder Quotes: "There is no need for me to curse you -the murderer survives the victim only to learn that it was himself that he longed to be rid of. Hatred is self-hatred."

There is no need for me to curse you -the murderer survives the victim only to learn that it was himself that he longed to be rid of. Hatred is self-hatred.



Thornton Wilder Quotes: "For what human ill does not dawn seem to be an alleviation?"

For what human ill does not dawn seem to be an alleviation?



Thornton Wilder Quotes: "Perhaps she would learn in time to permit both her daughter and her gods to govern their own affairs."

Perhaps she would learn in time to permit both her daughter and her gods to govern their own affairs.



Thornton Wilder Quotes: "I have inherited this burden of superstition and nonsense. I govern innumerable men but must acknowledge that I am governed by birds and thunderclaps"

I have inherited this burden of superstition and nonsense. I govern innumerable men but must acknowledge that I am governed by birds and thunderclaps



Thornton Wilder Quotes: "My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate."

My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate.



Thornton Wilder Quotes: "The best thing about animals is that they don't talk much."

The best thing about animals is that they don't talk much.



Thornton Wilder Quotes: "For what human ill does not dawn seem to be an alleviation."

For what human ill does not dawn seem to be an alleviation.



Thornton Wilder Quotes: "The marriage is a bribe to make a housekeeper think she is a householder."

The marriage is a bribe to make a housekeeper think she is a householder.



Thornton Wilder Quotes: "Literature is the orchestration of platitudes."

Literature is the orchestration of platitudes.



Thornton Wilder Quotes: "Comparisons of one's lot with others' teaches us nothing and enfeebles the will."

Comparisons of one's lot with others' teaches us nothing and enfeebles the will.



Thornton Wilder Quotes: "The art of biography is more difficult than is generally supposed."

The art of biography is more difficult than is generally supposed.



Thornton Wilder Quotes: "Everybody has a right to their own troubles."

Everybody has a right to their own troubles.



Thornton Wilder Quotes: "Either we live by accident and die by accident, or we live by plan and die by plan."

Either we live by accident and die by accident, or we live by plan and die by plan.



Thornton Wilder Quotes: "My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither but just to enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate."

My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither but just to enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate.



Thornton Wilder Quotes: "The future is the most expensive luxury in the world."

The future is the most expensive luxury in the world.



Thornton Wilder Quotes: "But while they continued staring into one another’s face waiting for the miracle of science the pain grew worse."

But while they continued staring into one another’s face waiting for the miracle of science the pain grew worse.



Thornton Wilder Quotes: "My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate."

My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate.



Thornton Wilder Quotes: "She did not suspect that the Abbess was even there hovering about the house, herself estimating the stresses and watching for the moment when a burden harms and not strengthens."

She did not suspect that the Abbess was even there hovering about the house, herself estimating the stresses and watching for the moment when a burden harms and not strengthens.