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Tom Stoppard Quote: “A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.”

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

— Tom Stoppard



Tom Stoppard Quote: “Every exit is an entry somewhere else.”

Every exit is an entry somewhere else.

— Tom Stoppard


Tom Stoppard Quote: “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 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.

— Tom Stoppard


Tom Stoppard Quote: “Words are sacred. If you get the right ones in the right order you can nudge the world a little.”

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

— Tom Stoppard


Tom Stoppard Quote: “If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older.”

If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older.

— Tom Stoppard


Tom Stoppard Quote: “Because children grow up, we think a child’s purpose is to grow up. But a child’s purpose is to be a child.”

Because children grow up, we think a child’s purpose is to grow up. But a child’s purpose is to be a child.

— Tom Stoppard


Tom Stoppard Quote: “Maturity is a high price to pay for growing up.”

Maturity is a high price to pay for growing up.

— Tom Stoppard


Tom Stoppard Quote: “War is capitalism with the gloves off.”

War is capitalism with the gloves off.

— Tom Stoppard


Tom Stoppard Quote: “I’m a very boring person.”

I’m a very boring person.

— Tom Stoppard


Tom Stoppard Quote: “I am not my body. My body is nothing without me.”

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

— Tom Stoppard



Tom Stoppard Quote: “We’re actors. We’re the opposite of people.”

We’re actors. We’re the opposite of people.

— Tom Stoppard


Tom Stoppard Quote: “I still believe that if your aim is to change the world, journalism is a more immediate short-term weapon.”

I still believe that if your aim is to change the world, journalism is a more immediate short-term weapon.

— Tom Stoppard


Tom Stoppard Quote: “Life is a gamble, at terrible odds – if it was a bet you wouldn’t take it.”

Life is a gamble, at terrible odds – if it was a bet you wouldn’t take it.

— Tom Stoppard


Tom Stoppard Quote: “Theatre is a series of insurmountable obstacles on the road to imminent disaster.”

Theatre is a series of insurmountable obstacles on the road to imminent disaster.

— Tom Stoppard


Tom Stoppard Quote: “There must have been a moment, at the beginning, were we could have said – no. But somehow we missed it.”

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

— Tom Stoppard


Tom Stoppard Quote: “Rosencrantz: I don’t believe in it anyway. Guildenstern: What? Rosencrantz: England. Guildenstern: Just a conspiracy of cartographers, then?”

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

— Tom Stoppard


Tom Stoppard Quote: “No problem is insoluble, given a big enough plastic bag.”

No problem is insoluble, given a big enough plastic bag.

— Tom Stoppard


Tom Stoppard Quote: “Good things, when short, are twice as good.”

Good things, when short, are twice as good.

— Tom Stoppard


Tom Stoppard Quote: “We drift down time, clutching at straws. But what good’s a brick to a drowning man?”

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

— Tom Stoppard


Tom Stoppard Quote: “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 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.

— Tom Stoppard



Tom Stoppard Quote: “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 your world. When the world shifts, you shift.”

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 your world. When the world shifts, you shift.

— Tom Stoppard


Tom Stoppard Quote: “I don’t think writers are sacred, but words are. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones in the right order, you might nudge the world a little or make a poem that children will speak for you when you are dead.”

I don’t think writers are sacred, but words are. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones in the right order, you might nudge the world a little or make a poem that children will speak for you when you are dead.

— Tom Stoppard


Tom Stoppard Quote: “It’s not the voting that’s democracy; it’s the counting.”

It’s not the voting that’s democracy; it’s the counting.

— Tom Stoppard


Tom Stoppard Quote: “Stark raving sane.”

Stark raving sane.

— Tom Stoppard


Tom Stoppard Quote: “Eternity’s a terrible thought. I mean, where’s it all going to end?”

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

— Tom Stoppard


Tom Stoppard Quote: “Imagination without skill gives us contemporary art.”

Imagination without skill gives us contemporary art.

— Tom Stoppard


Tom Stoppard Quote: “Responsibilities gravitate to the person who can shoulder them.”

Responsibilities gravitate to the person who can shoulder them.

— Tom Stoppard


Tom Stoppard Quote: “Your opinions are your symptoms.”

Your opinions are your symptoms.

— Tom Stoppard


Tom Stoppard Quote: “I write plays because dialogue is the most respectable way of contradicting myself.”

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

— Tom Stoppard


Tom Stoppard Quote: “The tragedy of journalism is that these are people doing their best work.”

The tragedy of journalism is that these are people doing their best work.

— Tom Stoppard



Tom Stoppard Quote: “Happiness is equilibrium. Shift your weight.”

Happiness is equilibrium. Shift your weight.

— Tom Stoppard


Tom Stoppard Quote: “Pirates could happen to anyone.”

Pirates could happen to anyone.

— Tom Stoppard


Tom Stoppard Quote: “Well I believe in the desirability of an optimal society.”

Well I believe in the desirability of an optimal society.

— Tom Stoppard


Tom Stoppard Quote: “I’m attracted to the past.”

I’m attracted to the past.

— Tom Stoppard


Tom Stoppard Quote: “I burn with no causes.”

I burn with no causes.

— Tom Stoppard


Tom Stoppard Quote: “It is better of course to know useless things than to know nothing.”

It is better of course to know useless things than to know nothing.

— Tom Stoppard


Tom Stoppard Quote: “Hotel rooms inhabit a separate moral universe.”

Hotel rooms inhabit a separate moral universe.

— Tom Stoppard


Tom Stoppard Quote: “From principles is derived probability, but truth or certainty is obtained only from facts.”

From principles is derived probability, but truth or certainty is obtained only from facts.

— Tom Stoppard


Tom Stoppard Quote: “I shall have poetry in my life. And adventure. And love, love, love, above all. Love as there has never been in a play. Unbiddable, ungovernable, like a riot in the heart and nothing to be done, come ruin or rapture.”

I shall have poetry in my life. And adventure. And love, love, love, above all. Love as there has never been in a play. Unbiddable, ungovernable, like a riot in the heart and nothing to be done, come ruin or rapture.

— Tom Stoppard


Tom Stoppard Quote: “When we have found all the mysteries and lost all the meaning, we will be alone, on an empty shore.”

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

— Tom Stoppard



Tom Stoppard Quote: “It takes character to withstand the rigours of indolence.”

It takes character to withstand the rigours of indolence.

— Tom Stoppard


Tom Stoppard Quote: “What a fine persecution – to be kept intrigued without ever quite being enlightened.”

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

— Tom Stoppard


Tom Stoppard Quote: “Atheism is a crutch for those who cannot bear the reality of God.”

Atheism is a crutch for those who cannot bear the reality of God.

— Tom Stoppard


Tom Stoppard Quote: “It’s no trick loving somebody at their best. Love is loving them at their worst.”

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

— Tom Stoppard


Tom Stoppard Quote: “Save the gerund and screw the whale.”

Save the gerund and screw the whale.

— Tom Stoppard


Tom Stoppard Quote: “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.”

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.

— Tom Stoppard


Tom Stoppard Quote: “The unpredictable and the predetermined unfold together to make everything the way it is.”

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

— Tom Stoppard


Tom Stoppard Quote: “All mystical experience is coincidence; and vice versa, of course.”

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

— Tom Stoppard


Tom Stoppard Quote: “It is a defect of God’s humor that he directs our hearts everywhere but to those who have a right to them.”

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

— Tom Stoppard


Tom Stoppard Quote: “A man speaking sense to himself is no madder than a man speaking nonsense not to himself.”

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

— Tom Stoppard


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