Responsibilities gravitate to the person who can shoulder them.
More Quotes from 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.
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.
From principles is derived probability, but truth or certainty is obtained only from facts.
Good things, when short, are twice as good.
Life is a gamble at terrible odds, if it were a bet, you would not take it.
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.
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There are biographies, I looked at a lot of photographs of him, I heard his voice over and over and over again. You get in there and get to know the man by all of those pieces of information.