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Tom Stoppard Quotes

A healthy attitude is contagious but don't wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.

Age is a very high price to pay for maturity.

Back in the East you can't do much without the right papers, but with the right papers you can do anything The believe in papers. Papers are power.

Beauty is desired in order that it may be befouled; not for its own sake, but for the joy brought by the certainty of profaning it.

Eternity's a terrible thought. I mean, where's it all going to end?

Every exit is an entry somewhere else.

From principles is derived probability, but truth or certainty is obtained only from facts.

Get me inside any boardroom and I'll get any decision I want.

Good things, when short, are twice as good.

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

I think age is a very high price to pay for maturity.

If you associate enough with older people who do enjoy their lives, who are not stored away in any golden ghettos, you will gain a sense of continuity and of the possibility for a full life.

If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older.

It is better of course to know useless things than to know nothing.

It is better to be quotable than to be honest.

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.

It's better to be quotable than to be honest.

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

James Joyce - an essentially private man who wished his total indifference to public notice to be universally recognized.

Life in a box is better than no life at all... I expect.