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A collection of quotes by Tom Stoppard on attitude, hope, expectations, life, travel, love, advice, will, truth, and health.

100 Insightful Quotes By Tom Stoppard For The Aficionados

Famous As: Playwright
Born On: July 3, 1937
Born In: Zlín, Czechoslovakia

Sir Tom Stoppard is an eminent Czech-British screenwriter and playwright. He has written profusely for stage, radio, TV, and film. He gained stature with plays like ‘Every Good Boy Deserves Favour,’ ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead,’ ‘Arcadia,’ ‘The Real Thing,’ ‘The Invention of Love,’ ‘Professional Foul,’ ‘The Coast of Utopia,’ and ‘Travesties.’ He bagged in four ‘Tony Awards’ and one ‘Academy Award’ for his writings. His works encompass themes of political freedom, human rights, and censorships. Besides being one of the most performed dramatists of his generation across the globe, he is also an illustrious playwright of the ‘National Theatre.’ Following are some of the noted quotes by Tom Stoppard, which have been gathered from his writings, plays, tweets, interviews, public utterances, books, novels, and films. Go through quotes by Tom Stoppard that will keep you focused.

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We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered.

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

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Look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else.

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

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Life in a box is better than no life at all, I expect. You'd have a chance at least. You could lie there thinking: Well, at least I'm not dead.

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

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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.

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Rosencrantz: I don't believe in it anyway. Guildenstern: What? Rosencrantz: England. Guildenstern: Just a conspiracy of cartographers, then?

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Life is a gamble, at terrible odds. If it were a bet you wouldn’t take it.

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Pirates could happen to anyone.

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Eternity is a terrible thought. I mean, where's it going to end?

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We are tied down to a language which makes up in obscurity what it lacks in style.

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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.

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Words, words. They're all we have to go on.

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

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The colours red, blue and green are real. The colour yellow is a mystical experience shared by everybody.

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What a fine persecution—to be kept intrigued without ever quite being enlightened.

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

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

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It would have been nice to have had unicorns.

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

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

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...reality, the name we give to the common experience.

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Age is a very high price to pay for maturity.

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

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

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

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I'm going to be dead before I read the books I'm going to read.

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The unpredictable and the predetermined unfold together to make everything the way it is.

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

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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.

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

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Give us this day our daily mask.

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

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It's the best possible time to be alive, when almost everything you thought you knew is wrong.

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

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Audiences know what to expect, and that is all that they are prepared to believe in.

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Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable.

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

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All your life you live so close to truth, it becomes a permanent blur in the corner of your eye, and when something nudges it into outline it is like being ambushed by a grotesque.

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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.

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[James] Joyce... an essentially private man who wished his total indifference to public notice to be universally recognized....

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

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

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Septimus. When we have found all the mysteries and lost all the meaning, we will be all alone, on an empty shore. Thomasina. Then we will dance. Is this a waltz?

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Uncertainty is the normal state.

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Success in life is to maintain this ecstasy, to burn always with this hard gemlike flame.

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I've lost all capacity for disbelief. I'm not sure that I could even rise to a little gentle scepticism.

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

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I will take his secret to the grave, telling people I meet on the way.

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Seduced her? Every time I turned round she was up a library ladder. In the end I gave in. That reminds me—I spotted something between her legs that made me think of you.

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Your opinions are your symptoms.

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Hotel rooms inhabit a separate moral universe.

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Well, we'll know better next time.

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

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

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Fantasy flows in where fact leaves a vacuum.

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Happiness is equilibrium. Shift your weight.

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Let me get it straight. Your father was king. You were his only son. Your father dies. You are of age. Your uncle becomes king." "Yes." "Unorthodox.

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I should have the courage of my lack of convictions.

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The universe is deterministic all right, just like Newton said, I mean it's trying to be, but the only thing going wrong is people fancying people who aren't supposed to be in that part of the plan.

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We keep to our usual stuff, more or less, only inside out. We do on stage the things that are supposed to happen off. Which is a kind of integrity, if you look on every exit being an entrance somewhere else.

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

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VALENTINE: Are you talking about Lord Byron, the poet? BERNARD: No, you fucking idiot, we're talking about Lord Byron, the chartered accountant.

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I would join Sisyphus in Hades and gladly push my boulder up the slope if only, each time it rolled back down, I were given a line of Aeschylus.

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

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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.

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Nowadays, an artist is someone who makes art mean the things he does.

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We drift down time, clutching at straws. But what good's a brick to a drowning man?

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Carnal embrace is the practice of throwing one's arms around a side of beef.

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

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Better a fallen rocket than never a burst of light.

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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.

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

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We're better at predicting events at the edge of the galaxy or inside the nucleus of an atom than whether it'll rain on auntie's garden party three Sundays from now.

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(Words) deserve respect. Get the right ones in the right order, and you can nudge the world a little.

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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.

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...and for the last three minutes on the wind of a windless day I have heard the sound of drums and flute...

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It is better to be quotable than to be honest.

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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.

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The bad end unhappily; the good, unluckily. That is what tragedy means.

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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!

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Traitors hoist by their own petard?--or victims of the gods?--we shall never know!

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Revolution is a trivial shift in the emphasis of suffering.

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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.

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Death is the ultimate negative.

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It takes character to withstand the rigours of indolence.

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I fell in love with literature and stayed lovesick all my life.

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Confession is an act of violence against the unoffending.

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I believe in mess, tears, pain, self-abasement, loss of self-respect, nakedness. Not caring doesn’t seem much different from not loving.

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What is an artist? For every thousand people there's nine hundred doing the work, ninety doing well, nine doing good, and one lucky bastard who's the artist.

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

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Can't you function unless you're losing?

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There must have been a time, in the beginning, when we could have said – no. But somehow we missed it. Oh well, we'll know better next time.

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I must stop compromising my plays with this whiff of social application. They must be entirely untouched by any suspicion of usefulness.

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Now for a handful of guilders I happen to have a private and uncut performance of the rape of the Sabine Women - or rather woman, or rather Alfred -Get your skirt on Alfred!

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You stupid woman, if rationality were the criterion for things being allowed to exist, the world would be one gigantic field of soya beans!

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To say that it is without pace, point, focus, interest, drama, wit or originality is to say simply that it does not happen to be my cup of tea.

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

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