I feel overestimated.
I'm not that taken with Freudian perspectives. They seem to be overcomplicated.
I barely remembered my father; I'm confused between genuine memory and the few photographs that survived.
For a long time I managed to think two things simultaneously, that I am actually a good playwright, and that the next time I write a play I will be revealed as someone who is no good at all.
I'm a playwright who gets involved in movies when I'm not writing a play.
Because theatre is a story-telling art form, we feel entitled to assume that the playwright got there before we got there.
I'm not a theoretician about playwriting, but I have a strong sense that plays have to be pitched - the scene, the line, the word - at the exact point where the audience has just the right amount of information. It's like Occam's razor.
I've voted in every election - not always for the same political party and never with any degree of enthusiasm.
I like pop music. I consider rock 'n' roll to be a branch of pop music.
I don't think Stoppardian has a precise definition.
I have a spasm of envy for the person that was killed by a falling bookcase, as long as it doesn't happen prematurely.
The idea of the state is, or should be, a very limited, prescribed idea. The state looks after the defense of the realm, and other matters - raising revenue to pay for things which are for all of us, and so on. That idea has turned turtle now. The state isn't any longer perceived as an institution which exists to serve us.
I don't do interviews under false pretenses.
The printed word is no longer as in demand as when I was of the age of pupils or even at the age of the teachers teaching them.
You don't often get a proposal to do Tolstoy for a really interesting director - that's easy to say yes to.
I proudly tell people, 'I have no computer,' so as not to be ashamed of having no computer.
A publisher many years ago asked if I'd like to write a novel for £50. And I said, 'Absolutely.'
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.
My life is sectioned off into hot flushes, pursuits of this or that.
I never had any frustration about writing uncredited. I always felt that the satisfaction of doing it was in the doing of it, really, and getting recognised by the small number of people that know what you did.