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Published Tuesday, July 03, 2012 @ 12:01 AM EDT
Jul 03 2012

Quotes of the day- Tom Stoppard:
Sir Tom Stoppard, OM, CBE, FRSL (born Tomáš Straüssler, July 3, 1937) is a British playwright, knighted in 1997. He has written prolifically for TV, radio, film and stage, finding prominence with plays such as Arcadia, The Coast of Utopia, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, Professional Foul, The Real Thing, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. He co-wrote the screenplays for Brazil and Shakespeare in Love and has won one Academy Award and four Tony Awards. Themes of human rights, censorship and political freedom pervade his work along with exploration of linguistics and philosophy. Stoppard has been a key playwright of the National Theatre and is one of the most internationally performed dramatists of his generation. (Click for full article.)

A foreign correspondent is someone who flies around from hotel to hotel and thinks that the most interesting thing about any story is the fact that he has arrived to cover it.

Actors are the opposite of people.

Age is a very high price to pay for maturity.

All mystical experience is coincidence; and vice versa, of course.

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

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

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

Every exit is an entry somewhere else.

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

Give us this day our daily mask.

I agree with everything you say, but I would attack to the death your right to say it.

I will take his secret to the grave, telling people along the way. Betrayal is no sin if it is whimsical.

If Beethoven had been killed in a plane crash at the age of 22, it would have changed the history of music. And aviation.

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

It would have been nice to have had unicorns.

It's 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 wouldn’t take it.

Maturity is a high price to pay for growing up.

Never believe in mirrors or newspapers.

Public postures have the configuration of private derangement.

Revolution is a trivial shift in the emphasis of suffering.

Since we cannot hope for order let us withdraw with style from the chaos.

Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many 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 digitals are numbered. The metaphor is built into them like a self-destruct mechanism.

The media. It sounds like a convention of spiritualists.

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

To be an artist at all is like living in Switzerland during a world war. To be an artist in Zurich, in 1917, implies a degree of self-absorption that would have glazed over the eyes of Narcissus.

War is capitalism with the gloves off and many who go to war know it but they go to war because they don't want to be a hero. It takes courage to sit down and be counted.

We've traveled too far, and our momentum has taken over; we move idly towards eternity, without possibility of reprieve or hope of explanation.

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

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

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