Thornton Wilder Quotes

I rose by sheer military ability to the rank of corporal.

I was an old man when I was 12; and now I am an old man, and it’s splendid! (on his seventieth birthday)

My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither but just enjoy your ice cream while it’s on your plate – that’s my philosophy.

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

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

Everybody’s always talking about people breaking into houses… But there are more people in the world who want to break out of houses.

Pride, avarice, and envy are in every home.

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

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.

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