Tom Stoppard

«Septimus: There is nothing more to be said about sexual congress.»

Tom Stoppard


«If knowledge isn't self-knowledge it isn't doing much, mate. Is the universe expanding? Is it contracting? Is it standing on one leg and singing 'When Father Painted the Parlour'? Leave me out. I can expand my universe without you. 'She walks into beauty, like the night of cloudless climes and starry skies, and all that's best of dark and bright meet in her aspect and her eyes.»

Tom Stoppard


«He's never known anything like it! But then, he has never known anything to write home about, so this is nothing to write home about.»

Tom Stoppard


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

Tom Stoppard


«For all the compasses in the world, there's only one direction, and time is its only measure.»

Tom Stoppard


«Be happy -- if you're not even happy, what's so good about surviving?»

Tom Stoppard


«It's where we're nearest to our humanness. Useless knowledge for its own sake. Useful knowledge is good, too, but it's for the faint-hearted, an elaboration of the real thing, which is only to shine some light, it doesn't matter where on what, it's the light itself, against the darkness, it's what's left of God's purpose when you take away God.»

Tom Stoppard


«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


«When you stir your rice pudding, Septimus, the spoonful of jam spreads itself round making red trails like the picture of a meteor in my astronomical atlas. But if you stir backwards, the jam will not come together again. Indeed, the pudding does not notice and continues to turn pink just as before. Do you think this is odd?»

Tom Stoppard


«If you want to change something by Tuesday, theater is no good. Journalism is what does that.»

Tom Stoppard


«What are a friend's books for if not to be borrowed?»

Tom Stoppard


«Hotel rooms inhabit a separate moral universe.»

Tom Stoppard


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

Tom Stoppard


«Chater: You dare to call me that. I demand satisfaction!»

Tom Stoppard


«Real data is messy. ...It's all very noisy out there. Very hard to spot the tune. Like a piano in the next room, it's playing your song, but unfortunately it's out of whack, some of the strings are missing, and the pianist is tone deaf and drunk- I mean, the noise! Impossible!»

Tom Stoppard


«I mean, if Beethoven had been killed in a plane crash at twenty-two, the history of music would have been very different. As would the history of aviation, of course.»

Tom Stoppard


«Rosencrantz: We might as well be dead. Do you think death could possibly be a boat?»

Tom Stoppard


«I love love. I love having a lover and being one. The insularity of passion. I love it. I love the way it blurs the distinction between everyone who isn't one's lover.»

Tom Stoppard


«It is a defect of God's humor that he directs our hearts everywhere but to those who have a right to them.»

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


«There must have been a moment, at the beginning, were we could have said -- no. But somehow we missed it.»

Tom Stoppard