Peter Shaffer Quotes

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Peter Shaffer Quotes

What the eye does not see, the heart does not grieve over, does it?
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All reined up in old language and old assumptions, straining to jump clean-hoofed on to a whole new track of being I only suspect is there. I can't see it, because my educated, average head is being held at the wrong angle. I can't jump because the bit forbids it, and my own basic force - my horsepower, if you like - is too little.

— Peter Shaffer

What use, after all, is man, if not to teach God His lessons?

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I cannot accept merely ... I do not do anything merely.

— Peter Shaffer

The Devil isn't made by what Mommy says, or what Daddy says. The Devil is there.

— Peter Shaffer

I'll give him the good Normal world where we're tethered beside them - blinking our nights away in a non-stop drench of cathode-ray over our shrivelling heads!

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I was an accomplice in my own frustration.

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Art and literature are my surrogate religions.

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Everything we feel is made of Time. All the beauties of life are shaped by it.

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Black Comedy is a farce that is played in the dark, as you know, with the lights full on. It's the Chinese convention of reversing light and dark, and exactly where anybody is at any given moment is the play.

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I discover what I mean as I write. That can be both terrifically exciting and very dangerous, because when you look at your words later, you wonder, 'Did I really mean that, or am I just making verbal patterns?'

— Peter Shaffer

But the first published thing I did was a detective story, detective novel, and I did that on my own.

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Librarians as a race tend to be tedious.

— Peter Shaffer

They look so expectant, and then they look so depressed ... that was the other great lesson that The Royal Hunt of the Sun taught me, it was the profundity that masked drama can achieve, that of course, the audience were not seeing masks moving at all.

— Peter Shaffer

What was evident was that Mozart was simply transcribing music completely finished in his head. And finished as most music is never finished. Displace one note and there would be diminishment. Displace one phrase and structure would fall. I was staring through the cage of those meticulous ink strokes at Absolute Beauty.

— Peter Shaffer

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