Favorite Quotations Thornton Wilder Theophilus North: A Novel

"What is essential does not die but clarifies. The highest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude." ~ Thornton Wilder

The watchword for the future: Enjoy yourself. ~ Skin of Our Teeth

Life is too wonderful for us to truly appreciate it.

A sentimentalist (and the pessimist is here included as identical) is one whose desire that things be happy (or sad) exceeds his desire (and suppressed knowledge) that things be truthful; he demands that he be lied to. ~ Journals of Thornton Wilder

When you're at war you think about a better life; when you are at peace you think about a more comfortable life. ~ Skin of Our Teeth

Literature is the orchestration of platitudes. ~ Time, 1953

Living is struggle. 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 -- whether it's a field, or a home, or a country. ~ Skin of Our Teeth

Ninety-nine per cent of the people in the world are fools and the rest of us are in great danger of contagion. ~ The Matchmaker

Without your wounds where would your power be? The very angels themselves cannot persuade the wretched and blundering children on earth as can one...broken on the wheel of living. In love's service, only the wounded soldiers can serve. ~ Angel That Troubled the Waters

For what human ill does not dawn seem to be an alleviation?

A sense of humor judges one's actions and the actions of others from a wider reference. It pardons shortcomings, it consoles failure.

"No," said Brush. "I didn't put myself through college for four years and go through a difficult religious conversion in order to have the same ideas as other people." ~ Heaven's My Destination

Money is like manure; It's not worth a thing unless it's spread around encouraging young things to grow. ~ The Matchmaker