Thornton Wilder Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old thornton wilder quotes, thornton wilder sayings, and thornton wilder proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

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I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.     

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Literature is the orchestration of platitudes.     

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When you're safe at home you wish you were having an adventure; when you're having an adventure you whish you were safe at home.     

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Where there is an unknowable, there is a promise.     

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

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

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

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

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The future author is one who discovers that language, the exploration and manipulation of the resources of language, will serve him in winning through to his way.     

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

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A play visibly represents pure existing.     

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

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

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

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The future is the most expensive luxury in the world.     

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It is only in appearance that time is a river. It is rather a vast landscape and it is the eye of the beholder that moves.     

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There's nothing like eavesdropping to show you that the world outside your head is different from the world inside your head.     

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

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