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Our Town

Our Town


by Thornton Wilder

Our Town Religion Quotes

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Act.Line). Every time a character talks counts as one line, even if what they say turns into a long monologue.

Quote #4

Now there are some things we all know, but we don’t take’m out and look at’m very often. We all know that something is eternal. And it ain’t houses and it ain’t names, and it ain’t earth, and it ain’t even the stars…everybody knows in their bones that something is eternal, and that something has to do with human beings…There’s something way down deep that’s eternal about every human being. (III.25).

Rather than emphasizing the significance of any religious icon, the Stage Manager suggests that the spiritual and eternal "something" on earth resides in people.

Quote #5

But, Mother Gibbs, how can I ever forget that life? It’s all I know. It’s all I had. (III.152)

Emily is not prepared to let go of her life on Earth and move onto the next stage.

Quote #6

When you’ve been here longer you’ll see that our life here is to forget all that, and think only of what’s ahead, and be ready for what’s ahead. When you’ve been here longer you’ll understand. (III.150)

An afterlife is implied but not fully explained in Our Town.

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