Quotes by Tom Stoppard (Dramatist/English).

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I'm a very boring person.
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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.
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Theater is still a medium which attracts young writers. You'd think that it would be all over by now, with television and film. But it's not.
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In Chekhov, everything blends into its opposite, just fractionally, and this is sort of unsettling. And that's why you end up 100 years later asking, 'Is that moment tragic or comic?'
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I write scenes - often quite long scenes - mainly because I still get seduced into writing six lines where one and a half will do.
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I'm a conservative kind of person. I don't think rightwing is quite the same thing. But I acknowledge my conservatism of temperament.
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I'm offended by things and take pathetic little stands against them.
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A healthy attitude is contagious but don't wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.
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In my mind, I always knew what my father looked like.
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To wrap up the idea of 'Parade's End' in a sentence or two, I would say it's a love story in which we see a man with two women, and we know what's attractive about them. And we know why and what they feel about him.
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In the theater there is often a tension, almost a contradiction, between the way real people would think and behave, and a kind of imposed dramaticness.
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You are the plays you write. How on earth could you write them otherwise? They're projections of your own predilections.
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I barely remembered my father; I'm confused between genuine memory and the few photographs that survived.
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I'm very garrulous, but I don't say anything.
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People think I'm very nice, you know. And I'm not as nice as they think.
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Eternity's a terrible thought. I mean, where's it all going to end?
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Fatherlessness didn't strike me as being an event. It was a state of life.
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The way 'star' used to be reserved for a small number of people, and when the star category became so vast, they came up with 'superstar,' and then they came up with 'megastar.'
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I flinch when I see my name in the newspapers.
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I was an awful critic. I operated on the assumption that there was an absolute scale of values against which art could be measured. I didn't trust my own subjective responses.
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Like most writers, I just create because I have a story to tell, really.
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The possibilities are infinite with new writing; every time you open a new script, there's no limit to what it might contain.
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The whole excitement for writing anything is quite intense. And for a day or two, you think you've done everything extremely well. The problems start on the third day, and continues for the rest of your life.
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I like dialogue that is slightly more brittle than life. I have always admired and wished to write one of those 1940s film scripts where every line is written with a sharpness and economy that is frankly artificial.
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It's very common for people to recommend something to me because they're going on what I've already written, when, what really is the case, is that you want to write about something you haven't written about, in ways that you haven't done before.
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