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.
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.
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.