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 :: 1897-1975, American Novelist, Playwright

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The planting of trees in the least self-centered of all that we can do. It is a purer act of faith than the procreation of children.
~ Thornton Wilder - [Children]

 

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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 wish
~ Thornton Wilder - [Adventure]

 

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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 - [Theater]

 

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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 - [Meaning of Life]

 

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Where there is an unknowable, there is a promise.
~ Thornton Wilder - [Promises]

 

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Winning children (who appear so guileless) are children who have discovered how effective charm and modesty and a delicately calculated spontaneity are in winning what they want.
~ Thornton Wilder - [Children]

 

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