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By Anonym 13 Sep

Tom Stoppard

Childhood is Last Chance Gulch for happiness. After that, you know too much.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tom Stoppard

Player: Relax. Respond. That's what people do. You can't go through life question your sitution at every turn.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tom Stoppard

It's no trick loving somebody at their best. Love is loving them at their worst.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tom Stoppard

I really love being in postproduction. First of all, it's all quite self-interested: You can protect things.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tom Stoppard

From as long as, literally as far back as I can remember I've liked puns, word jokes, I can literally recall looking at a comic at the age of six or seven and I remember what I enjoyed and what it was precisely and how the joke worked.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tom Stoppard

You are an over-excited little man, with a need for self-expression far beyond the scope of your natural gifts. This is not discreditable. Neither does it make you an artist.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tom Stoppard

If an idea's worth having once, it's worth having twice.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tom Stoppard

Rewriting isn't just about dialogue, it's the order of the scenes, how you finish a scene, how you get into a scene. All these final decisions are best made when you're there, watching. It's really enjoyable, but you've got to be there at the director's invitation. You can't just barge in and say, "I'm the writer.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tom Stoppard

Rosencrantz: Shouldn't we be doing something--constructive? Guildenstern: What did you have in mind? ... A short, blunt human pyramid...?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tom Stoppard

Plays...Maidens aspiring to Godheads and vice versa!

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tom Stoppard

Underneath runs the main current of preoccupation, which is keeping one's nose clean at all times. This means that when things go wrong you have to pass the blame along the line, like pass-the-parcel, till the music stops.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tom Stoppard

I consider myself to be a very fortunate person and to have led a very fortunate life.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tom Stoppard

He says his aim is poetry. One does not aim at poetry with pistols. At poets, perhaps.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Tom Stoppard

GUIL (quietly): Where we went wrong was getting on a boat. We can move, of course, change direction, rattle about, but our movement is contained within a larger one that carries us along as inexorably as the wind and current…

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tom Stoppard

I write plays because writing dialogue is the only respectable way of contradicting yourself. I put a position, rebut it, refute the rebuttal, and rebut the refutation.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tom Stoppard

I was interested by the idea that artists working in a totalitarian dictatorship or tsarist autocracy are secretly and slightly shamefully envied by artists who work in freedom. They have the gratification of intense interest: the authorities want to put them in jail, while there are younger readers for whom what they write is pure oxygen.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tom Stoppard

It's the wanting to know that makes us matter.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tom Stoppard

It is not hard to understand modern art. If it hangs on a wall it's a painting, and if you can walk around it it's a sculpture.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tom Stoppard

The truth is always a compound of two half- truths, and you never reach it, because there is always something more to say.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Tom Stoppard

Years and years ago, there was a production of The Tempest, out of doors, at an Oxford college on a lawn, which was the stage, and the lawn went back towards the lake in the grounds of the college, and the play began in natural light. But as it developed, and as it became time for Ariel to say his farewell to the world of The Tempest, the evening had started to close in and there was some artificial lighting coming on. And as Ariel uttered his last speech, he turned and he ran across the grass, and he got to the edge of the lake and he just kept running across the top of the water — the producer having thoughtfully provided a kind of walkway an inch beneath the water. And you could see and you could hear the plish, plash as he ran away from you across the top of the lake, until the gloom enveloped him and he disappeared from your view. And as he did so, from the further shore, a firework rocket was ignited, and it went whoosh into the air, and high up there it burst into lots of sparks, and all the sparks went out, and he had gone. When you look up the stage directions, it says, ‘Exit Ariel.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tom Stoppard

As Socrates so philosophically put it, since we don't know what death is, it is illogical to fear it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tom Stoppard

ROS: Why don't you go and have a look? GUIL: Pragmatism?! - is that all you have to offer?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tom Stoppard

Each move is dictated by the previous one--that is the meaning of order

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tom Stoppard

From principles is derived probability, but truth or certainty is obtained only from facts.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tom Stoppard

When we have found all the mysteries and lost all the meaning, we will be alone, on an empty shore.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Tom Stoppard

We can all be clockmakers, or astronomers. But if we all wanted to be Pushkin. . .if the question is, how do you make a poem by Pushkin?- or, what exactly makes one poem or painting or piece of music greater than another?- or, what is beauty?, or liberty?, or virtue?- if the question is, how should we live?. . . then, reason gives no answer or different answers. So something went wrong. The divine spark in man is not reason after all, but something else, some kind of intuition or vision, perhaps like the moment of inspiration experienced by the artist . . .

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tom Stoppard

the natural condition is one of insurmountable obstacles on the road to imminent disaster. strangely enough it all works out in the end... it's a mystery.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tom Stoppard

It would have been nice to have had unicorns.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tom Stoppard

You think human nature is a beast, that it must be put in a cage. But it's the cage that makes the animal bad.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tom Stoppard

To be frank: the translations that often sound bad in the mouths of the actors, these have often been done by linguists.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tom Stoppard

I shall have poetry in my life. And adventure. And love, love, love, above all. Love as there has never been in a play. Unbiddable, ungovernable, like a riot in the heart and nothing to be done, come ruin or rapture.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Tom Stoppard

Philosophy consists in moderating each life so that many lives will fit together with as much liberty and justice as will keep them together: and not so much as will make them fly apart, when the harm will be the greater.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tom Stoppard

When people discuss his plays, he says that he feels like he's standing at customs watching an official ransack his luggage. He cheerfully declares responsibility for a play about two people, and suddenly the officer is finding all manner of exotic contraband like the nature of God and identity, and while he can't deny that they're there, he can't for the life of him remember putting them there. In the end, a play is not the product of an idea; an idea is the product of a play.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tom Stoppard

A movie camera is like having someone you have a crush on watching you from afar - you pretend it's not there.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tom Stoppard

I write plays because dialogue is the most respectable way of contradicting myself.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tom Stoppard

I'm the kind of person who embarks on an endless leapfrog down the great moral issues. I put a position, rebut it, refute the rebuttal and rebut the refutation. Endlessly.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tom Stoppard

can only write about what bites you.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tom Stoppard

Well I believe in the desirability of an optimal society.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tom Stoppard

There is presumably a calendar date a moment when the onus of proof passed from the atheist to the believer, when, quite suddenly, secretly, the noes had it.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tom Stoppard

"The [London] Times" has published no rumours; it's only reported facts, namely that other, less responsible papers are publishing certain rumours.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tom Stoppard

There we were - demented children mincing about in clothes that no one ever wore, speaking as no man ever spoke, swearing love in wigs and rhymed couplets, killing each other with wooden swords, hollow protestations of faith hurled after empty promises of vengeance - and every gesture, every pose, vanishing into the thin unpopulated air. We ransomed our dignity to the clouds, and the uncomprehending birds listened. Don't you see?! We're actors - we're the opposite of people!

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tom Stoppard

Of all forms of fiction, autobiography is the most gratuitous.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tom Stoppard

Junk journalism is the evidence of a society that has got at least one thing right, that there should be nobody with the power to dictate where responsible journalism begins.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tom Stoppard

Atheism is a crutch for those who cannot bear the reality of God.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Tom Stoppard

The tragedy of journalism is that these are people doing their best work.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Tom Stoppard

Once rehearsals are done the writer really doesn't have a function on the set. If the script is stabilized, then the writer becomes a celebrity tourist visiting the set, trying not to get in the way. It's very good for the ego, to go visit a film set if you are the writer, because they give you a special chair, and tell you where you can sit to watch the monitor. They make you feel special, but at the same time, they make it perfectly plain that you are irrelevant!

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tom Stoppard

GUIL: A scientific approach to the examination of phenomena is a defence against the pure emotion of fear

By Anonym 16 Sep

Tom Stoppard

He's never known anything like it! But then, he has never known anything to write home about, so this is nothing to write home about.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Tom Stoppard

An artist is the magician put among men to gratify - capriciously - their urge for immortality.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Tom Stoppard

There are no commitments, only bargains. And they have to be made again every day. You think making a commitment is it. Finish. You think it sets like a concrete platform and it'll take any strain you want to put on it. You're committed. You don't have to prove anything. In fact you can afford a little neglect, indulge in a little bit of sarcasm here and there, isolate yourself when you want to. Underneath it's concrete for life. I'm a cow in some ways, but you're an idiot.