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.
More Quotes from Tom Stoppard:If you associate enough with older people who do enjoy their lives, who are not stored away in any golden ghettos, you will gain a sense of continuity and of the possibility for a full life.
Every exit is an entrance somewhere else.
The House of Lords, an illusion to which I have never been able to subscribe - responsibility without power, the prerogative of the eunuch throughout the ages.
The bad end unhappily, the good unluckily. That is what tragedy means.
The idea that all the people locked up in mental hospitals are sane while all the people walking about are mad is merely a literary cliche, put about by people who should be locked up. I assure you there is not much in it. Taken as a whole, the sane are out there the sick are in here. For example you are in here because you have delusions that sane people are put in mental hospitals.
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
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I would never let myself knock out a journalist.
Living substance conquers the frenzy of destruction only in the ecstasy of procreation.
Every actor I think has got their own number of takes that they like, you know. Some actors like to go all day, you know on the one scene and some actors want to take two takes. I personally like four.