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Tom Stoppard

Datum narození: 3. červenec 1937

Sir Tom Stoppard, rodným jménem Tomáš Straussler, je britský dramatik a scenárista.


„Má rezervovanost je formou domýšlivosti, nikoli skromnosti. Chci se činit nepřístupným.“

„We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered.“ Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead


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

„Look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else.“ Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

„Because children grow up, we think a child's purpose is to grow up. But a child's purpose is to be a child. Nature doesn't disdain what lives only for a day. It pours the whole of itself into the each moment. We don't value the lily less for not being made of flint and built to last. Life's bounty is in its flow, later is too late. Where is the song when it's been sung? The dance when it's been danced? It's only we humans who want to own the future, too. We persuade ourselves that the universe is modestly employed in unfolding our destination. We note the haphazard chaos of history by the day, by the hour, but there is something wrong with the picture. Where is the unity, the meaning, of nature's highest creation? Surely those millions of little streams of accident and wilfulness have their correction in the vast underground river which, without a doubt, is carrying us to the place where we're expected! But there is no such place, that's why it's called utopia. The death of a child has no more meaning than the death of armies, of nations. Was the child happy while he lived? That is a proper question, the only question. If we can't arrange our own happiness, it's a conceit beyond vulgarity to arrange the happiness of those who come after us.“ The Coast of Utopia

„There must have been a moment, at the beginning, were we could have said -- no. But somehow we missed it.“ Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

„We're actors — we're the opposite of people!“ Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

„Life in a box is better than no life at all, I expect. You'd have a chance at least. You could lie there thinking: Well, at least I'm not dead.“ Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead


„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.“ The Real Thing

„Rosencrantz: I don't believe in it anyway.
Guildenstern: What?
Rosencrantz: England.
Guildenstern: Just a conspiracy of cartographers, then?“
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

„Life is a gamble, at terrible odds. If it were a bet you wouldn’t take it.“ Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

„Eternity is a terrible thought. I mean, where's it going to end?“ Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead


„Pirates could happen to anyone.“ Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

„Words... They're innocent, neutral, precise, standing for this, describing that, meaning the other, so if you look after them you can build bridges across incomprehension and chaos. But when they get their corners knocked off, they're no good any more... 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.“ The Real Thing

„We are tied down to a language which makes up in obscurity what it lacks in style.“ Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

„We do on stage things that are supposed to happen off. Which is a kind of integrity, if you look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else.“ Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

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