"I think that the present is worth attention, one shouldn't sacrifice it to future conceptions of, of this future or that future."
"The empires of the future are the empires of the mind."Tom Stoppard on Winston Churchill
"Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future."Tom Stoppard on Oscar Wilde
"Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."Tom Stoppard on Steve Jobs
"I never think of the future - it comes soon enough."Tom Stoppard on Albert Einstein
"It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves."Tom Stoppard on William Shakespeare
"Age is a very high price to pay for maturity."
"I think age is a very high price to pay for maturity."
"From as long as, literally as far back as I can remember I've liked puns, word jokes, I can literally recall looking at a comic at the age of six or seven and I remember what I enjoyed and what it was precisely and how the joke worked."
"Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art."
"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."