Tom Stoppard Quotes

Most popular Tom Stoppard Quotes

War is capitalism with the gloves off.

war

Never believe in mirrors or newspapers.
— Tom Stoppard

newspapers

Age is a high price to pay for maturity.

maturity age

Age is a very high price to pay for maturity.
— Tom Stoppard

age

It is better to be quotable than to be honest.
— Tom Stoppard

honesty

Look on every exit being an entrance somewhere else.
Ambushing the audience is what theater is all about.

theater

Biography is the mesh through which real life escapes.

biography

It's not the voting that's democracy; it's the counting.

voting democracy

It's not the voting that's democracy, it's the counting.

voting

Of all forms of fiction, autobiography is the most gratuitous.

autobiography

Eternity is a terrible thought. I mean, where's it going to end?
— Tom Stoppard

death

Childhood is Last Chance Gulch for happiness.  After that, you know too much.

childhood

An artist is the magician put among men to gratify—capriciously—their urge for immortality.

artists

It's an interesting view of atheism, as a sort of crutch for those who can't bear the reality of God.
— Tom Stoppard

atheism

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

journalism

Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art.

imagination skill

In any community of a thousand souls there will be nine hundred doing the work, ninety doing well, nine doing good, and one lucky dog painting or writing about the other nine hundred and ninety-nine.
— Tom Stoppard

funny artists

I don't think writers are sacred, but words are.  They deserve respect.  If you get the right ones in the right order, you can nudge the world a little or make a poem which children will speak for you when you're dead.

writers words