"I was interested by the idea that artists working in a totalitarian dictatorship or tsarist autocracy are secretly and slightly shamefully envied by artists who work in freedom. They have the gratification of intense interest: the authorities want to put them in jail, while there are younger readers for whom what they write is pure oxygen."
"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."Tom Stoppard on Confucius
"All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence."Tom Stoppard on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."Tom Stoppard on Thomas A. Edison
"By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day."Tom Stoppard on Robert Frost
"Nothing will work unless you do."Tom Stoppard on Maya Angelou
"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."