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Thornton Wilder Quotes and Sayings

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

Related topics: Inspirational Live-By Gratitude

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

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

In advertising, not to be different is virtual suicide.
- Thornton Wilder

 

It is very necessary to have markers of beauty left
in a world seemingly bent on making the most evil ugliness.
- Thornton Wilder

A play visibly represents pure existing.
- Thornton Wilder

Providence has nothing good or high in store for one
who does not resolutely aim at something high or good.
A purpose is the eternal condition of success.
- Thornton Wilder

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But there comes a moment in everybody's life when he
must decide whether he'll live among the human beings or not -
a fool among fools or a fool alone.
- Thornton Wilder

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

There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love,
the only survival, the only meaning.
- Thornton Wilder

Man is not an end but a beginning.
We are at the beginning of the second week.
We are children of the eighth day.
- Thornton Wilder

Literature is the orchestration of platitudes.
- Thornton Wilder

Many plays - certainly mine - are like blank checks.
The actors and directors put their own signatures on them.
- Thornton Wilder

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

The theatre is supremely fitted to say:
'Behold!
These things are.' Yet most dramatists employ it to say:
'This moral truth can be learned from beholding this action.'
- Thornton Wilder

An incinerator is a writer's best friend.
- Thornton Wilder

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.
- Thornton Wilder

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

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

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

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.
- Thornton Wilder

Every good thing in the world stands on the razor-edge of danger.
- Thornton Wilder

I would love to be the poet laureate of Coney Island.
- Thornton Wilder

Nature reserves the right to inflict upon her children
the most terrifying jests.
- Thornton Wilder

If I wasn't an actor, I'd be a secret agent.
- Thornton Wilder

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

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

Ninety-nine per cent of the people in the world are
fools and the rest of us are in great danger of contagion.
- Thornton Wilder

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.
- Thornton Wilder

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.
- Thornton Wilder

Hope, like faith, is nothing if it is not courageous;
it is nothing if it is not ridiculous.
- Thornton Wilder

We do not choose the day of our birth nor may we choose the day of our death,
yet choice is the sovereign faculty of the mind.
- Thornton Wilder

When you're safe at home you wish you were having an adventure;
when you're having an adventure you wish you were safe at home.
- Thornton Wilder

Those who are silent, self-effacing and attentive become
the recipients of confidences.
- Thornton Wilder

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

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

Pride, avarice, and envy are in every home.
- Thornton Wilder

When God loves a creature he wants the creature to
know the highest happiness and the deepest misery He
wants him to know all that being alive can bring.
That is his best gift.
There is no happiness save in understanding the whole.
- Thornton Wilder

Play with life, laugh with life,
dance lightly with life,
and smile at the riddles of life,
knowing that life's only true lessons
are writ small in the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Hate is never conquered by hate,
Hate is only conquered by love.
- The Buddha

Life is an adventure.
I can only wonder what treasure
awaits at the top of the path.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You're only here for a short visit.
Don't hurry. Don't worry.
And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
- Walter Hagen

There are no facts, only interpretations.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph
is for enough good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke

People only see what they are prepared to see.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
- Albert Einstein

Choose Inner Peace.
Nothing is worth losing your inner peace.
Take action as circumstances require,
but never surrender your inner peace.
Stop. Breathe deeply.
Close your eyes and breathe deeply again.
Then, and only then, take action -
from a peaceful heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was,
Thank you, that would suffice.
- Meister Eckhart

Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Move out of your comfort zone. You can only
grow if you are willing to feel awkward and
uncomfortable when you try something new.
- Brian Tracy

Nothing in life is to be feared.
It is only to be understood.
- Marie Curie

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
- Robert F. Kennedy

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue,
but the parent of all other virtues.
- Cicero

There are only two or three human stories,
and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely
as if they had never happened before.
- Willa Cather

Minds are like parachutes.
They only function when they are open.
- James Dewar

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We have only this moment,
sparkling like a star in our hand -
and melting like a snowflake.
- Marie B. Ray

Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
and the world will be as one.
- John Lennon

Don't hurry. Don't worry.
You're only here for a short visit.
So don't forget to stop and smell the roses.
- Walter Hagen

Majority rule only works if you're also
considering individual rights,
because you can't have five wolves and one sheep
voting on what to have for dinner.
- Larry Flynt

Friendship is born at that moment
when one person says to another,
"What! You too? I thought I was the only one."
- C. S. Lewis

Life only
appears to be
rushing toward us
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

For some of us, the world appears to provide
only a fixed quantity of each resource -
a limited amount of food, of money,
of love, of success, of appreciation.
For others, life is unlimited.
Their world expands with the generosity, compassion,
inventiveness, and service that they contribute.
In this world-view, money that is spent
or given away returns multiplied.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People are like stained glass windows,
they sparkle and shine when the sun is out,
but when darkness sets in their true beauty
is revealed only if there is a light from within.
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Just stop it. Seriously.
Whatever it is. Just stop it.
If only for an hour, a day, a week.
Stop doing it long enough to get a glimpse
of what the change would actually look like.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The essence of all religions is one.
Only their approaches are different.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Miracles are the natural way of the Universe -
our only job is to move our doubting minds aside
and let the miracles flow.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Find your balance and stand with it.
Find your song and sing it out.
Find your cadence and let it appear like a dance.
Find the questions that only you know how to ask and
The answers that you are content to not know.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

You are important. You are the star -
the only star - of your own life show.
Everyone else is a bit player in the great drama of your life.
Be of service to humanity, but never be anyone's doormat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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