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Thornton Wilder

Data urodzenia: 17. Kwiecień 1897
Data zgonu: 7. Grudzień 1975
Natępne imiona: Торнтон Уайлдер

Thornton Niven Wilder – amerykański powieściopisarz i dramaturg.

„Oh, earth, you're too wonderful for anybody to realize you. …Do human beings ever realize life while they live it? — Every, every minute?“

—  Thornton Wilder, Our Town

"Emily Webb"
Our Town (1938)
Kontekst: I can't. I can't go on. It goes so fast. We don't have time to look at one another. I didn't realize. So all that was going on and we never noticed. Take me back — up the hill — to my grave. But first: Wait! One more look. Good-by, Good-by, world. Good-by Grover's Corners... Mama and Papa. Good-by to clocks ticking... and Mama's sunflowers. And food and coffee. And new ironed dresses and hot baths... and sleeping and waking up. Oh, earth, you're too wonderful for anybody to realize you.... Do human beings ever realize life while they live it? — Every, every minute?... I'm ready to go back... I should have listened to you. That's all human beings are! Just blind people.

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

—  Thornton Wilder, książka The Bridge of San Luis Rey

Źródło: The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1927)
Kontekst: Soon we shall die and all memory of those five will have left earth, and we ourselves shall be loved for a while and forgotten. But the love will have been enough; all those impulses of love return to the love that made them. 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.

„Money is like manure; it's not worth a thing unless it's spread around encouraging young things to grow.“

—  Thornton Wilder, The Matchmaker

Dolly Levi, in Act 4 http://books.google.com/books?id=MAEJ8VP0rMYC&q=%22Money+is+like+manure+it's+not+worth+a+thing+unless+it's+spread+around+encouraging+young+things+to+grow%22&pg=PA110#v=onepage
Źródło: The Matchmaker (1954)

„Oh, earth, you're too wonderful for anybody to realize you.“

—  Thornton Wilder, Our Town

Źródło: Our Town

„That's what it was to be alive. To move about in a cloud of ignorance; to go up and down trampling on the feelings of those… of those about you. To spend and waste time as though you had a million years. To be always at the mercy of one self-centered passion, or another.“

—  Thornton Wilder, Our Town

"Simon Stimson"
Our Town (1938)
Kontekst: That's what it was to be alive. To move about in a cloud of ignorance; to go up and down trampling on the feelings of those... of those about you. To spend and waste time as though you had a million years. To be always at the mercy of one self-centered passion, or another. Now you know — that's the happy existence you wanted to go back to. Ignorance and blindness.

„I realize that every writer is necessarily a critic — that is, each sentence is a skeleton accompanied by enormous activity of rejection; and each selection is governed by general principles concerning truth, force, beauty, and so on.“

—  Thornton Wilder

Writers at Work interview (1958)
Kontekst: I think myself as a fabulist, not a critic. I realize that every writer is necessarily a critic — that is, each sentence is a skeleton accompanied by enormous activity of rejection; and each selection is governed by general principles concerning truth, force, beauty, and so on. But, as I have just suggested, I believe that the practice of writing consists in more and more relegating all that schematic operation to the subconscious. The critic that is in every fabulist is like the iceberg — nine-tenths of him is underwater.

„I can't go on. It goes so fast. We don't have time to look at one another. I didn't realize.“

—  Thornton Wilder, Our Town

"Emily Webb"
Our Town (1938)
Kontekst: I can't. I can't go on. It goes so fast. We don't have time to look at one another. I didn't realize. So all that was going on and we never noticed. Take me back — up the hill — to my grave. But first: Wait! One more look. Good-by, Good-by, world. Good-by Grover's Corners... Mama and Papa. Good-by to clocks ticking... and Mama's sunflowers. And food and coffee. And new ironed dresses and hot baths... and sleeping and waking up. Oh, earth, you're too wonderful for anybody to realize you.... Do human beings ever realize life while they live it? — Every, every minute?... I'm ready to go back... I should have listened to you. That's all human beings are! Just blind people.

„There is no happiness save in understanding the whole.“

—  Thornton Wilder, książka The Eighth Day

The Eighth Day (1967)
Kontekst: When God loves a creature he wants the creature to know the highest happiness and the deepest misery … He wants him to know all that being alive can bring. That is his best gift…. There is no happiness save in understanding the whole.

„The knowledge that she would never be loved in return acted upon her ideas as a tide acts upon cliffs.“

—  Thornton Wilder, książka The Bridge of San Luis Rey

Źródło: The Bridge of San Luis Rey

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