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Thornton Wilder
(1897-1975) born on
Apr 17
US playwright, novelist. He is well known for his plays "Our Town," 1938 and "The Skin of Our Teeth," 1942.
         
   
F
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.

R
Even memory is not necessary for love. There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning.
A
I do borrow from other writers, shamelessly! I can only say in my defense, like the woman brought before the judge on a charge of kleptomania, "I do steal, but, your Honor, only from the very best stores.
N
Never support two weaknesses at the same time. It's your combination sinners --your lecherous liars and your miserly drunkards --who dishonor the vices and bring them into bad repute.
K
Literature is the orchestration of platitudes.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Interview in Writers at Work (First Series, ed. by Malcolm Cowley, 1958).
R: In "The Speaker's Electronic Reference Collection," AApex Software, 1994.
A: From a collection of quotations found on the Internet.
N: Malachi, in "The Matchmaker," act 3.
K: In "Time," 12 Jan 53
   


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