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Tom Stoppard – 22 Quotes

 

22 Quotes by Tom Stoppard

 

Age is a very high price to pay for maturity.

– 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.

– Tom Stoppard


I think age is a very high price to pay for maturity.

– 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.

– Tom Stoppard


Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art.

– Tom Stoppard


You can’t but know that if you can capture the emotions of the audience as well as their minds, the play will work better, because it’s a narrative art form.

– Tom Stoppard


A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.

– Tom Stoppard


Beauty is desired in order that it may be befouled not for its own sake, but for the joy brought by the certainty of profaning it.

– Tom Stoppard


Any revival in which I am involved is liable to change.

– Tom Stoppard


I still believe that if your aim is to change the world, journalism is a more immediate short-term weapon.

– Tom Stoppard


I don’t act, I don’t direct, I don’t design.

– Tom Stoppard


I was delighted to not go to university. I couldn’t wait to be out of education.

– Tom Stoppard


I write out of my intellectual experience.

– 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.

– Tom Stoppard


I think that the present is worth attention, one shouldn’t sacrifice it to future conceptions of, of this future or that future.

– Tom Stoppard


It’s not the voting that’s democracy it’s the counting.

– Tom Stoppard


I like pop music. I consider rock ‘n’ roll to be a branch of pop music.

– Tom Stoppard


Back in the East you can’t do much without the right papers, but with the right papers you can do anything The believe in papers. Papers are power.

– Tom Stoppard


The House of Lords, an illusion to which I have never been able to subscribe – responsibility without power, the prerogative of the eunuch throughout the ages.

– Tom Stoppard


Well I believe in the desirability of an optimal society.

– Tom Stoppard


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

– Tom Stoppard


My work always tried to unite the true with the beautiful but when I had to choose one or the other, I usually chose the beautiful.

– Tom Stoppard


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