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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 | Acting and the Theatre Quotes
Many plays, certainly mine, are like blank cheques. The actors and directors put their own signatures on them.
- Thornton Wilder | Acting and the Theatre Quotes
A play visibly represents pure existing.
- Thornton Wilder | Acting and the Theatre Quotes
For what human ill does not dawn seem to be an alleviation.
- Thornton Wilder | Anxiety and Worry Quotes
Pride, avarice and envy are in every home.
- Thornton Wilder | The Home Quotes
For what human ill does not dawn seem to be an alleviation?
- Thornton Wilder | Hope Quotes
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 | Life Quotes
Literature is the orchestration of platitudes.
- Thornton Wilder | Literature Quotes
Nurse one vice in your bosom. Give it the attention it deserves and let your virtues spring up modestly around it. Then you'll have the miser who's no liar; and the drunkard who's the benefactor of a whole city.
- Thornton Wilder | Vice Quotes
If a man has no vices, he's in great danger of making vices about his virtues, and there's a spectacle.
- Thornton Wilder | Virtue Quotes
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 | Happiness Quotes
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 | Acceptance Quotes
I not only bow to the inevitable, I am fortified by it.
- Thornton Wilder | Acceptance Quotes
Comparisons of one's lot with others' teaches us nothing and enfeebles the will.
- Thornton Wilder | Other Side 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.
- Thornton Wilder | One Day Quotes
For what human ill does not dawn seem to be an alleviation?
- Thornton Wilder | Mornings Quotes
The future is the most expensive luxury in the world.
- Thornton Wilder | The Future Quotes
That's the advantage of having lived sixty-five years. You don't feel the need to be impatient any longer.
- Thornton Wilder | Difficult Days Quotes
Where there is an unknowable, there is a promise.
- Thornton Wilder | Ignorance 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.
- Thornton Wilder | Events Quotes


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