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date: 09 June 2023

Tom Stoppard 1937– 
British dramatist 

  1. Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets; imagination without skill gives us modern art.
    Artist Descending a Staircase (1972)
  2. It's not the voting that's democracy, it's the counting.
    Jumpers (1972) act 1; see Somoza, Stalin
  3. The House of Lords, an illusion to which I have never been able to subscribe—responsibility without power, the prerogative of the eunuch throughout the ages.
    Lord Malquist and Mr Moon (1966); see Kipling
  4. Comment is free but facts are on expenses.
    Night and Day (1978) act 2; see Scott
  5. I can do you blood and love without the rhetoric, and I can do you blood and rhetoric without the love, and I can do you all three concurrent or consecutive, but I can't do you love and rhetoric without the blood. Blood is compulsory—they're all blood, you see.
    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (1967) act 1
  6. The bad end unhappily, the good unluckily. That is what tragedy means.
    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (1967) act 2; see Wilde
  7. Life is a gamble at terrible odds—if it was a bet, you wouldn't take it.
    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (1967) act 3
  8. War is capitalism with the gloves off and many who go to war know it but they go to war because they don't want to be a hero.
    Travesties (1975)