Best Quotes by Tom Stoppard (Top 10)

  1. 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.
  2. It is a defect of God's humor that he directs our hearts everywhere but to those who have a right to them.
  3. We're actors. We're the opposite of people.
  4. Life is a gamble, at terrible odds - if it was a bet you wouldn't take it.
  5. Eternity's a terrible thought. I mean, where's it all going to end?
  6. Pirates could happen to anyone.
  7. 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.
  8. Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art.
  9. We are tied down to a language which makes up in obscurity what it lacks in style.
  10. 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.

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