Thornton Wilder: 10 quotes on his birthday

Thornton Wilder, three-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, led a kaleidoscopic life as a novelist, playwright, essayist, teacher, and actor (in some of his own plays). Endowed from an early age with an anthropologist's curiosity and awareness of his surroundings, Wilder cultivated a preoccupation with "those things that repeat and repeat and repeat in the lives of millions." His works, often infused with classical elements and Yiddish farce, are marked, above all, by their polished and didactic prose and by the writer's great faith in the endurance of humanity. Below are 10 quotes to mark what would have been the 115th birthday of one of the greatest contributors to American drama and literature.

1. 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. (The Bridge of San Luis Rey)

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