Thornton Wilder

United States writer and dramatist (1897-1975)

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A dramatist is one who believes that the pure event, an action involving human beings, is more arresting than any comment that can be made upon it.
A play visibly represents pure existing.
For what human ill does dawn not seem to be alternative?
Hope, like faith, is nothing if it is not courageous; it is nothing if it is not ridiculous.
I am convinced that, except in a few extraordinary cases, one form or another of an unhappy childhood is essential to the formation of exceptional gifts.
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...
It is only in appearance that time is a river. It is a vast landscape and it is the eye of the beholder that moves.
It's when you're safe at home that you wish you were having an adventure. When you're having an adventure you wish you were safe at home.
Life is an unbroken succession of false situations.
Many great writers have been extraordinarily awkward in daily exchange, but the greatest give the impression that their style was nursed by the closest attention to colloquial speech.
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.
The comic spirit is given to us in order that we may analyze, weigh, and clarify things in us which nettle us, or which we are outgrowing, or trying to reshape.
The test of an adventure is that when you're in the middle of it, you say to yourself, 'Oh, now I've got myself into an awful mess; I wish I were sitting quietly at home.' And the sign that something's wrong with you is when you sit quietly at home wishing you were out having lots of adventure.

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