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Tom Stoppard Quotes: "I write out of my intellectual experience."

I write out of my intellectual experience.




Tom Stoppard Quotes: "I'm a playwright who gets involved in movies when I'm not writing a play."

I'm a playwright who gets involved in movies when I'm not writing a play.



Tom Stoppard Quotes: "A man speaking sense to himself is no madder than a man speaking nonsense not to himself."

A man speaking sense to himself is no madder than a man speaking nonsense not to himself.



Tom Stoppard Quotes: "For all the compasses in the world, there's only one direction, and time is its only measure."

For all the compasses in the world, there's only one direction, and time is its only measure.




Tom Stoppard Quotes: "I mean, if Beethoven had been killed in a plane crash at twenty-two, the history of music would have been very different. As would the history of aviation, of course."

I mean, if Beethoven had been killed in a plane crash at twenty-two, the history of music would have been very different. As would the history of aviation, of course.



Tom Stoppard Quotes: "We're actors — we're the opposite of people!"

We're actors — we're the opposite of people!





Tom Stoppard Quotes: "If you want to change something by Tuesday, theater is no good. Journalism is what does that.But, if you want to just alter the chemistry of the moral matrix, then theater has a longer half-life."

If you want to change something by Tuesday, theater is no good. Journalism is what does that.But, if you want to just alter the chemistry of the moral matrix, then theater has a longer half-life.



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

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



Tom Stoppard Quotes: "No one gets up after death-there is no applause-there is only silence and some second-hand clothes, and that's death."

No one gets up after death-there is no applause-there is only silence and some second-hand clothes, and that's death.



Tom Stoppard Quotes: "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."

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.



Tom Stoppard Quotes: "Chekhov was capable of casually tossing off deplorable comments in his letters, combined with a very modern anger against anti-Semitism."

Chekhov was capable of casually tossing off deplorable comments in his letters, combined with a very modern anger against anti-Semitism.




Tom Stoppard Quotes: "I am not my body. My body is nothing without me."

I am not my body. My body is nothing without me.



Tom Stoppard Quotes: "Although I don't examine myself in this respect, I would say, off the top of my head, that I've come to acknowledge my Czechness more as I get older."

Although I don't examine myself in this respect, I would say, off the top of my head, that I've come to acknowledge my Czechness more as I get older.



Tom Stoppard Quotes: "When I was 20, the idea of having a play on anywhere was just beyond my dreams."

When I was 20, the idea of having a play on anywhere was just beyond my dreams.



Tom Stoppard Quotes: "A lesson in folly is worth two in wisdom."

A lesson in folly is worth two in wisdom.



Tom Stoppard Quotes: "Be happy -- if you're not even happy, what's so good about surviving?"

Be happy -- if you're not even happy, what's so good about surviving?



Tom Stoppard Quotes: "Words are sacred. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones, in the right order, you can nudge the world a little."

Words are sacred. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones, in the right order, you can nudge the world a little.



Tom Stoppard Quotes: "I don't act, I don't direct, I don't design."

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



Tom Stoppard Quotes: "You can't treat royalty like people with normal perverted desires."

You can't treat royalty like people with normal perverted desires.



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

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 Quotes: "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."

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

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



Tom Stoppard Quotes: "THOMASINA:But then the Egyptian noodle made carnal embrace with the enemy who burned the great library of Alexandria without so much as a fine for all that is overdue!"

THOMASINA:But then the Egyptian noodle made carnal embrace with the enemy who burned the great library of Alexandria without so much as a fine for all that is overdue!



Tom Stoppard Quotes: "Death followed by eternity the worst of both worlds. It is a terrible thought."

Death followed by eternity the worst of both worlds. It is a terrible thought.



Tom Stoppard Quotes: "It is a defect of God's humor that he directs our hearts everywhere but to those who have a right to them."

It is a defect of God's humor that he directs our hearts everywhere but to those who have a right to them.



Tom Stoppard Quotes: "It's better to be quotable than to be honest."

It's better to be quotable than to be honest.



Tom Stoppard Quotes: "Hotel rooms inhabit a separate moral universe."

Hotel rooms inhabit a separate moral universe.



Tom Stoppard Quotes: "What freedom means, is being allowed to sing in my bath as loudly as will not interfere with my neighbour's freedom to sing a different tune in his."

What freedom means, is being allowed to sing in my bath as loudly as will not interfere with my neighbour's freedom to sing a different tune in his.



Tom Stoppard Quotes: "What are a friend's books for if not to be borrowed?"

What are a friend's books for if not to be borrowed?



Tom Stoppard Quotes: "There must have been a moment, at the beginning, were we could have said -- no. But somehow we missed it."

There must have been a moment, at the beginning, were we could have said -- no. But somehow we missed it.



Tom Stoppard Quotes: "I think... the history of civilization is an attempt to codify, classify and categorize aspects of human nature that hardly lend themselves to that process."

I think... the history of civilization is an attempt to codify, classify and categorize aspects of human nature that hardly lend themselves to that process.



Tom Stoppard Quotes: "Every exit is an entry somewhere else."

Every exit is an entry somewhere else.




Tom Stoppard Quotes: "The truth is, we value your company, for want of any other. We have been left so much to our own devices—after a while one welcomes the uncertainty of being left to other people's."

The truth is, we value your company, for want of any other. We have been left so much to our own devices—after a while one welcomes the uncertainty of being left to other people's.



Tom Stoppard Quotes: "It's not the voting that's democracy, it's the counting."

It's not the voting that's democracy, it's the counting.



Tom Stoppard Quotes: "I was an awful critic. I operated on the assumption that there was an absolute scale of values against which art could be measured. I didn't trust my own subjective responses."

I was an awful critic. I operated on the assumption that there was an absolute scale of values against which art could be measured. I didn't trust my own subjective responses.



Tom Stoppard Quotes: "Look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else."

Look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else.



Tom Stoppard Quotes: "People do terrible things to each other, but it's worse in the places where everybody is kept in the dark."

People do terrible things to each other, but it's worse in the places where everybody is kept in the dark.



Tom Stoppard Quotes: "Atheism is a crutch for those who cannot bear the reality of God."

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



Tom Stoppard Quotes: "Age is a very high price to pay for maturity."

Age is a very high price to pay for maturity.



Tom Stoppard Quotes: "Age is a high price to pay for maturity."

Age is a high price to pay for maturity.



Tom Stoppard Quotes: "Kissing girls is not like science, nor is it like sport. It is the third thing when you thought there were only two."

Kissing girls is not like science, nor is it like sport. It is the third thing when you thought there were only two.



Tom Stoppard Quotes: "When Auden said his poetry didn't save one Jew from the gas chamber, he'd said it all."

When Auden said his poetry didn't save one Jew from the gas chamber, he'd said it all.



Tom Stoppard Quotes: "We do on stage things that are supposed to happen off. Which is a kind of integrity, if you look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else."

We do on stage things that are supposed to happen off. Which is a kind of integrity, if you look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else.



Tom Stoppard Quotes: "I love love. I love having a lover and being one. The insularity of passion. I love it. I love the way it blurs the distinction between everyone who isn't one's lover."

I love love. I love having a lover and being one. The insularity of passion. I love it. I love the way it blurs the distinction between everyone who isn't one's lover.



Tom Stoppard Quotes: "It's not the voting that's democracy it's the counting."

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



Tom Stoppard Quotes: "Confession is an act of violence against the unoffending."

Confession is an act of violence against the unoffending.



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

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