Tom Stoppard Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Tom Stoppard quotes, Tom Stoppard sayings, and Tom Stoppard proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Nobody would be killed on the roads if the speed limit were 10 miles an hour. Tom Stoppard
Happiness is equilibrium. Shift your weight. Equilibrium is pragmatic. You have to get everything into proportion. You compensate, rebalance yourself so that you maintain your angle to your world. When the world shifts, you shift. Tom Stoppard
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
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 Tom Stoppard
Good things, when short, are twice as good. Tom Stoppard
When you stir your rice pudding, Septimus, the spoonful of jam spreads itself round making red trails like the picture of a meteor in my astronomical atlas. But if you stir backwards, the jam will not come together again. Indeed, the pudding does not notice and continues to turn pink just as before. Do you think this is odd? Tom Stoppard
A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier. Tom Stoppard
All your life, you live so close to truth, it becomes a permanent blur in the corner of your eye. And when something nudges it into outline, it is like being ambushed by a grotesque. Tom Stoppard
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. Tom Stoppard
I think age is a very high price to pay for maturity. Tom Stoppard
Another curious scientific phenomenon is the fact that the fingernails grow after death, as does the beard. Tom Stoppard
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. Tom Stoppard
Every age thinks it's the modern age, but this one really is. Electricity is going to change everything. Everything! Tom Stoppard
If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older. Tom Stoppard
It's not the voting that's democracy, it's the counting. Tom Stoppard
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 anymore. 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
Save the gerund and screw the whale. Tom Stoppard