Tom Stoppard Quotes
26 quotations by Tom Stoppard
|We're actors. We're the opposite of people.
|We give advice by the bucket, but take it by the grain.
|The media. It sounds like a convention of spiritualists.
|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.
|The days of the digital watch are numbered.
|The bad end unhappily, the good unluckily. That is what tragedy means.
|Revolution is a trivial shift in the emphasis of suffering.
|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.
|Maturity is a high price to pay for growing up.
|Life is a gamble, at terrible odds - if it was a bet you wouldn't take it.
|Life in a box is better than no life at all... I expect.
|James Joyce - an essentially private man who wished his total indifference to public notice to be universally recognized.
|It's not the voting that's democracy; it's the counting.
|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 better to be quotable than to be honest.
|If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older.
|If you associate enough with older people who do enjoy their lives, who are not stored away in any golden ghettos, you will gain a sense of continuity and of the possibility for a full life.
|I think age is a very high price to pay for maturity.
|I still believe that if your aim is to change the world, journalism is a more immediate short-term weapon.
|Good things, when short, are twice as good.
|Get me inside any boardroom and I'll get any decision I want.
|Eternity's a terrible thought. I mean, where's it all going to end?
|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.
|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.
|Age is a very high price to pay for maturity.
|A movie camera is like having someone you have a crush on watching you from afar - you pretend it's not there.