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Adventure
Engrave this Quote 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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-Thornton Wilder
Animals
Engrave this Quote The best thing about animals is they don't talk much.
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Authors & Writing
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Books
Engrave this Quote Literature is the orchestration of platitudes.
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Children
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Engrave this Quote 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.
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Choice
Engrave this Quote For what human ill does dawn not seem to be alternative?
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Comedy
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Conflict
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Conversation
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Criticism
Engrave this Quote Every writer is necessarily a critic -- that is, each sentence is a skeleton accompanied by enormous activity of rejection; and each selection is governed by general principles concerning truth, force, beauty, and so on. The critic that is in every fabulist is like the iceberg -- nine-tenths of him is under water.
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Discovery
Engrave this Quote There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning.
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Goodness
Engrave this Quote 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...
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Gratitude
Engrave this Quote My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate.
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-Thornton Wilder, The Skin of Our Teeth (act I), 1942
Mankind, Man
Engrave this Quote Man is not an end but a beginning. We are at the beginning of the second week. We are children of the eighth day.
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-Thornton Wilder, attributed
Marriage
Engrave this Quote The best part of married life is the fights. The rests is merely so.
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Engrave this Quote Marriage is a bribe to make a housekeeper think she's a householder.
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Military, the
Engrave this Quote I rose by sheer military ability to the rank of corporal.
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Play/Games
Engrave this Quote A play visibly represents pure existing.
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Poetry
Engrave this Quote I would love to be the poet laureate of Coney Island.
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-Thornton Wilder, attributed
Promises
Engrave this Quote Where there is an unknowable, there is a promise.
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Theater
Engrave this Quote 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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Engrave this Quote I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.
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Engrave this Quote 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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Engrave this Quote 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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