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  • Now for a handful of guilders I happen to have a private and uncut performance of the rape of the Sabine Women - or rather woman, or rather Alfred -Get your skirt on Alfred!
    (Tom Stoppard, "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead")

  • Pirates could happen to anyone.
    (Tom Stoppard, "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead")

  • Player: Relax. Respond. That's what people do. You can't go through life question your sitution at every turn.
    (Tom Stoppard, "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead")

  • The colours red, blue and green are real. The colour yellow is a mystical experience shared by everybody.
    (Tom Stoppard, "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead")

  • The truth is, we value your company, for want of any other. We have been left so much to our own devices-after a while one welcomes the uncertainty of being left to other people's.
    (Tom Stoppard, "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead")


  • There must have been a moment, at the beginning, were we could have said -- no. But somehow we missed it.
    (Tom Stoppard, "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead")

  • The days of the digital watch are numbered.
    (Tom Stoppard)

  • I want to be part of the Royal Court's history before I pack it in. Some of my best nights of the last 40 years have been spent in the Royal Court's auditorium. I don't want to fall under a bus before having a play on its stage.
    (Tom Stoppard)

  • It is better of course to know useless things than to know nothing.
    (Tom Stoppard)

  • Good things, when short, are twice as good.
    (Tom Stoppard)

  • Get me inside any boardroom and I'll get any decision I want.
    (Tom Stoppard)

  • On the one hand, it makes life very difficult for them. On the other hand - and this isn't a recommendation for being a suppressed writer - in their situation now, as with Havel and his friends in the '70s and '80s, the consolation is that your work matters.
    (Tom Stoppard)

  • Dying is not romantic, and death is not a game which will soon be over... Death is not anything... death is not... It's the absence of presence, nothing more... the endless time of never coming back... a gap you can't see, and when the wind blows through it, it makes not sound...
    (Tom Stoppard)

  • 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.
    (Tom Stoppard)

  • From principles is derived probability, but truth or certainty is obtained only from facts.
    (Tom Stoppard)


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