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  • The results of the divorce between truth and human beings can be most graphically observed in politics
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  • James Joyce - an essentially private man who wished his total indifference to public notice to be universally recognized.
    (Tom Stoppard)

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

  • All mystical experience is coincidence and vice versa, of course.
    (Tom Stoppard)

  • I don't think I can be expected to take seriously any game which takes less than three days to reach its conclusion.
    (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.
    (Tom Stoppard)

  • With his earliest work he stood alone in British theatre up against the bewilderment and incomprehension of critics, the audience and writers too.
    (Tom Stoppard)

  • The sense of suppression, ... or self-suppression, and pressure generally which came off even this photograph of the page of this diary was so strong and so moving. There was a love story here.
    (Tom Stoppard)

  • 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 smellof smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered.
    (Tom Stoppard)

  • 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
    (Tom Stoppard)

  • Words are sacred. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones in the right order you can nudge the world a little.
    (Tom Stoppard)

  • We are tied down to a language which makes up in obscurity what it lacks in style.
    (Tom Stoppard)

  • We're actors. We're the opposite of people.
    (Tom Stoppard)

  • Revolution is a trivial shift in the emphasis of suffering.
    (Tom Stoppard)

  • A healthy attitude is contagious but don't wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.
    (Tom Stoppard)


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