, FRSL (born Tomáš Straüssler 3 July 1937) is a British playwright, knighted
in 1997. He has written prolifically for TV, radio, film and stage, finding prominence with plays such as Arcadia
, The Coast of Utopia
, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour
, Professional Foul, The Real Thing
, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. He co-wrote the screenplays for Brazil
and Shakespeare in Love
and has won one Academy Award and four Tony Awards.
Since we cannot hope for order let us withdraw with style from the chaos.
My whole life is waiting for the questions to which I have prepared answers.
When someone disagrees with you on a moral point you assume that he is one step behind in his thinking, and he assumes that he has gone one step ahead. But I take both parts, O'Hara, leapfrogging myself along the great moral issues, refuting myself and rebutting the refutation towards a truth that must be the compound of two opposite half-truths. And you never reach it because there is always something more to say.
I agree with everything you say, but I would attack to the death your right to say it.
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.
Donner: Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art.
There is presumably a calendar date — a moment — when the onus of proof passed from the atheist to the believer, when, quite suddenly, secretly, the noes had it.
It was precisely this notion of infinite series which in the sixth century BC led the Greek philosopher Zeno of Elea|Zeno to conclude that since an arrow shot towards a target first had to cover half the distance, and then half the remainder, and then half the remainder after that, and so on ad infinitum, the result was, as I will now demonstrate, that though an arrow is always approaching its target, it never quite gets there, and Saint Sebastian died of fright.
It’s not the voting that’s democracy, it’s the counting.
How the hell do I know what I find incredible? Credibility is an expanding field... Sheer disbelief hardly registers on the face before the head is nodding with all the wisdom of instant hindsight.