Tom Stoppard

British dramatist (born in Czechoslovakia in 1937)

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Happiness is equilibrium. Shift your weight. Equilibrium is pragmatic. You have to get everything into proportion. You compensate, rebalance yourself so that you maintain your angle to the world. When the world shifts, you shift.
Eternity is a terrible thought. I mean, where's it going to end?
Eternity's a terrible thought. I mean, where's it all going to end
Every exit is an entry somewhere else.
Every exit is an entry somewhere.
For 10 years of my life, 3 times a day, I thanked the Lord for what I was about to receive and thanked him again for what I had just received, and then we lost touch and I suddenly thought, where is he now
I agree with everything you say, but I would attack to the death your right to say it.
I don't think I can be expected to take seriously any game which takes less than three days to reach its conclusion.
I still believe that if your aim is to change the world, journalism is a more immediate short-term weapon.
I think age is a very high price to pay for maturity.
If an idea's worth having once, it's worth having twice.
If Beethoven had been killed in a plane crash at the age of 22, it would have changed the history of music... and of aviation.
It is better of course to know useless things than to know nothing.
It is better to be quotable than to be honest.
It's not the voting that's democracy, it's the counting.
Life is a gamble at terrible odds, if it were a bet, you would not take it.
Revolution is a trivial shift in the emphasis of suffering.
Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art.
The bad end unhappily, the good unluckily. That is what tragedy means.
The days of the digital watch are numbered.
The media. It sounds like a convention of spiritualists.
The truth is always a compound of two half- truths, and you never reach it, because there is always something more to say.
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.
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're actors - we're the opposite of people.

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