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  • Responsibilities gravitate to the person who can shoulder them.
    (Tom Stoppard)

  • Life in a box is better than no life at all... I expect.
    (Tom Stoppard)

  • Life is a gamble at terrible odds, if it were a bet, you would not take it.
    (Tom Stoppard)

  • 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)

  • Back in the East you can't do much without the right papers, but with the right papers you can do anything The believe in papers. Papers are power.
    (Tom Stoppard)


  • I think age is a very high price to pay for maturity.
    (Tom Stoppard)

  • If you took away everything in the world that had to be invented, there'd be nothing left except a lot of people getting rained on.
    (Tom Stoppard)

  • Every exit is an entrance somewhere else.
    (Tom Stoppard)

  • It's wholly deserved and I am completely thrilled. As a writer he has been unswerving for 50 years, ... a most fitting award.
    (Tom Stoppard)

  • It's not the voting that's democracy; it's the counting.
    (Tom Stoppard)

  • Maturity is a high price to pay for growing up.
    (Tom Stoppard)

  • 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)

  • As a writer, Harold has been unswerving for 50 years,
    (Tom Stoppard)

  • the bewilderment and incomprehension of critics and audience.
    (Tom Stoppard)

  • The bad end unhappily, the good unluckily. That is what tragedy means.
    (Tom Stoppard)


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