Thornton Wilder
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"Thornton Niven Wilder" was an American playwright and novelist. He won three Pulitzer Prizes—for the novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey and for the two plays Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth—and a U.S. National Book Award for the novel The Eighth Day.

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

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.

Life is an unbroken succession of false situations.

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

Wherever you come near the human race there's layers and layers of nonsense.

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.

My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate.

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

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

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

Every good and excellent thing in the world stands moment to moment on the razor edge of danger and must be fought for.

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

Marriage is a bribe to make a housekeeper think she's a householder.