Thornton Wilder Quotes

Thornton Wilder Quotes: You swore you loved me, and laughed and warned me that you would not love me forever. I did not hear you. You were speaking in a language I did not understand. Never, never, I can conceive of a love which is able to foresee its own termination. Love is its own eternity. Love is in every moment of its being: all time. It is the only glimpse we are permitted of what eternity is. So I did not hear you. The words were nonsense.
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Thornton Wilder Quote: 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.
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Quotes about Thornton Wilder: A sense of humor judges one's actions and the actions of others from a wider reference. It pardons shortcomings, it consoles failure.
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Quote about Thornton Wilder: People a thousand years from now - this is the way we were in the provinces north of New York at the beginning of the 20th century. This is the way we were: in our growing up and in our marrying and in our living and in our living and in our dying.
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Thornton Wilder Sayings: 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.'
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Thornton Wilder Saying: true influence over another comes not from a moments eloquence nor from any happily chosen word, but from the accumulation of a lifetime's thoughts stored up in the eyes...the secret smile in the eyes of a friend
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Sayings about Thornton Wilder: On the stage it is always now; the personages are standing on that razor-edge, between the past and the future, which is the essential character of conscious being.
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Saying about Thornton Wilder: 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.
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Thornton Wilder Quotes: We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
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Thornton Wilder Quote: I didn't marry you because you were perfect. I didn't even marry you because I loved you. I married you because you gave me a promise. That promise made up for your faults. And the promise I gave you made up for mine. Two imperfect people got married and it was the promise that made the marriage. And when our children were growing up, it wasn't a house that protected them; and it wasn't our love that protected them--it was that promise.
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Quotes about Thornton Wilder: We all know that something is eternal. And it ain't houses and it ain't names, and it ain't earth, and it ain't even the stars . . . everybody knows in their bones that something is eternal, and that something has to do with human beings. All the greatest people ever lived have been telling us that for five thousand years and yet you'd be surprised how people are always losing hold of it. There's something way down deep that's eternal about every human being. -stage manager, in the play OUR TOWN
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Quote about Thornton Wilder: Now he discovered that secret from which one never quite recovers, that even in the most perfect love one person loves less profoundly than the other. There may be two equally good, equally gifted, equally beautiful, but theremay never be two that love one another equally well.
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Thornton Wilder Sayings: I am not interested in the ephemeral - such subjects as the adulteries of dentists. I am interested in those things that repeat and repeat and repeat in the lives of the millions.
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Thornton Wilder Saying: 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.
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Sayings about Thornton Wilder: A living is made, Mr Kemper, by selling something that everybody needs at least once a year.Yes, sir! And a million ismade by producing something that everybody needs every day.You artists produce something that nobody needs at any time.
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