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All Quotes by author - Tom Stoppard
" A free press needs to be a respected press. "
" After all these years, I definitely associate having a pen in my hand with having an ashtray just out of eye line. "
" Age is a very high price to pay for maturity. "
" A great production of a black comedy is better than a mediocre production of a comedy of errors. "
" A healthy attitude is contagious but don't wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier. "
" A 'human right' is, by definition, timeless. It cannot adhere to some societies and not others, at some times and not at other times. "
" All of my scripts are based on other people's novels. Generally, I consider myself as one who writes for theatre. I do not see film work as a continuation of writing for theatre. It is more of an interruption of the writing process. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" A movie camera is like having someone you have a crush on watching you from afar - you pretend it's not there. "
" Any revival in which I am involved is liable to change. "
" A publisher many years ago asked if I'd like to write a novel for £50. And I said, 'Absolutely.' "
" As a child, I was airlifted out of the path of the Nazis. Unfortunately, I was parachuted into the path of the Japanese, but then I was airlifted again to India. "
" As a playwright, you can cover a lot of waterfront without being able to hold your own against an expert in any of those areas. I have no illusions about that. "
" A writer doesn't really have much of a function on a movie set. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Because theatre is a story-telling art form, we feel entitled to assume that the playwright got there before we got there. "
" Chekhov directors and Chekhov actors love working on his plays because there seems to be no end to what you can find out about the micro-narrative when you're investigating a text. "
" Chekhov understood that people are mysterious and can't be reduced to what we nowadays call 'motivation.' "
" Chekhov was capable of casually tossing off deplorable comments in his letters, combined with a very modern anger against anti-Semitism. "
" Childhood is Last Chance Gulch for happiness. After that, you know too much. "
" Corporeal death is not the whole story. "
" Despite the digital age, there is a very large number of venues and spaces that are looking for plays, and many of them are looking for new plays. "
" Directors sometimes have good ideas that I wished I'd had, not on rewriting but simply on staging. "
" Embarrassingly enough, I often can't remember how I came to write something. "
" Eternity's a terrible thought. I mean, where's it all going to end? "
" Even when the writing seems very frivolous, I'm puritanical. I don't mean my subject matter. It's that I'm almost pathologically incapable of leaving something when I'm not quite happy with it. "
" Everybody I know is writing plays twice a year. It's sort of making me feel I am not up to much. "
" Every exit is an entry somewhere else. "
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