46 Tom Stoppard Quotes That Every Literature Enthusiast Must Read

It is rightly written and executed by Tom Stoppard that “A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.” The 81-year-old British playwright and screenwriter from Zlin have written some tremendously well plays, films, TV shows, and Radio programs. His first stage plays being A Walk on the Water which came up in 1960. He not only wrote for TV plays but also he wrote frequently for BBC radio. Tom Stoppard had found a prominent place in the writing industry with his tremendous work done in  Arcadia, The Coast of Utopia, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, Professional Foul, The Real Thing, The Invention of Love. He has received Academy Award and Tony Awards for his screenplays. Here are the best Tom Stoppard Quotes that every literature enthusiast must read.

1. I don’t think I can be expected to take seriously any game which takes less than three days to reach its conclusion. – Tom Stoppard

2. It is better to be quotable than to be honest. – Tom Stoppard

3. If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older. – Tom Stoppard

4. A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier. – Tom Stoppard

5. 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

6. My whole life is waiting for the questions to which I have prepared answers. – Tom Stoppard

7. When we have found all the mysteries and lost all the meaning, we will be alone, on an empty shore. – Tom Stoppard

8. 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

9. Atheism is a crutch for those who cannot bear the reality of God. – Tom Stoppard

10. I smoke too much whether it’s going well or badly. After all these years, I definitely associate having a pen in my hand with having an ashtray just out of eye line. – Tom Stoppard

11. Sometimes directors feel a script needs something, but they’re not sure what it is, so they show it to a friend; if the friend is a writer, he ends up kicking around with that script for a while. – Tom Stoppard

12. I doubt that art needed Ruskin any more than a moving train needs one of its passengers to shove it. – Tom Stoppard

13. Your opinions are your symptoms. – Tom Stoppard

14. 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

15. A play that works well and is done quite a lot – I’ve never done the math – but it’s probably more remunerative than a movie. – Tom Stoppard

16. A movie camera is like having someone you have a crush on watching you from afar – you pretend it’s not there. – Tom Stoppard

17. Words are sacred. If you get the right ones in the right order you can nudge the world a little. – Tom Stoppard

18. 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

19. Every exit is an entry somewhere else. – Tom Stoppard

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

21. I’ve got no interest in educating or instructing people. – Tom Stoppard

22. Never believe in mirrors or newspapers. – Tom Stoppard

23. It’s the best possible time to be alive, when almost everything you thought you knew is wrong. – Tom Stoppard

24. All mystical experience is coincidence; and vice versa, of course. – Tom Stoppard

25. It’s no trick loving somebody at their best. Love is loving them at their worst. – Tom Stoppard

26. I don’t keep a diary and I throw away nearly all the paper I might have kept. I don’t keep an archive. There’s something worrying about my make-up that I try to leave no trace of myself apart from my plays. – Tom Stoppard

27. From principles is derived probability, but truth or certainty is obtained only from facts. – Tom Stoppard

28. 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. – Tom Stoppard

29. Maturity is a high price to pay for growing up. – Tom Stoppard

30. Because children grow up, we think a child’s purpose is to grow up. But a child’s purpose is to be a child. – Tom Stoppard

31. The whole philosophy of modern times is to dissolve distinctions between individuals and deal with them as large collections of people. It’s essentially self-interested on the part of authority. – Tom Stoppard

32. Sometimes I watch a scene I’ve written, and occasionally I think, “Oh, for God’s sake, shut up.” – Tom Stoppard

33. I write plays because dialogue is the most respectable way of contradicting myself. – Tom Stoppard quotes

34. The results of the divorce between truth and human beings can be most graphically observed in politics. – Tom Stoppard

35. And for the last three minutes on the wind of a windless day I have heard the sound of drums and flute. – Tom Stoppard

36. Responsibilities gravitate to the person who can shoulder them. – Tom Stoppard

37. The bad end unhappily, the good unluckily. That is what tragedy means. – Tom Stoppard

38. Fantasy flows in where fact leaves a vacuum. – Tom Stoppard

39. 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. – Tom Stoppard

40. Be happy — if you’re not even happy, what’s so good about surviving? – Tom Stoppard

41. If the audience is made to do not enough work, they resent it without knowing it. Too much and they get lost. There’s a perfect pace to be found. And a perfect place that is different for every line of the play. – Tom Stoppard

42. What a fine persecution—to be kept intrigued without ever quite being enlightened. – Tom Stoppard

43. I’ve lost all capacity for disbelief. I’m not sure that I could even rise to a little gentle scepticism. – Tom Stoppard

44. We are tied down to a language which makes up in obscurity what it lacks in style. – Tom Stoppard

45. I write scenes – often quite long scenes – mainly because I still get seduced into writing six lines where one and a half will do. – Tom Stoppard

46. I’m the kind of person who embarks on an endless leapfrog down the great moral issues. I put a position, rebut it, refute the rebuttal and rebut the refutation. Endlessly. – Tom Stoppard

I hope you enjoyed reading Tom Stoppard Quotes. Let me know your favorite quote in the comments below.


Leave a Comment