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    I think possibly the first film that has music as its leading character.
    — Peter Shaffer
    tags: character  music  film 
     
    But the first published thing I did was a detective story, detective novel, and I did that on my own.
    — Peter Shaffer
    tags: novel  stories 
     
    Our function as playwrights to some extent is to make audiences see with their ears, because films make us see with our eyes much better.
    — Peter Shaffer
    tags: eyes  film 
     
    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
    tags: wonder  write  dangerous 
     
    I really believe that studying organization, even in the form of studying detective story organization, is very, very valuable for a playwright, a budding playwright.
    — Peter Shaffer
    tags: believe  stories 
     
    The rhetoric is the key to the character. It's the verbal music of the piece.
    — Peter Shaffer
    tags: character  key  music 
     
    In London, 'Equus' caused a sensation because it displayed cruelty to horses; in New York, because it allegedly displayed cruelty to psychiatrists.
    — Peter Shaffer
    tags: cruelty 
     
    We... our war began September the 3rd 1939, with the invasion of Poland by Germany, and thereafter the great state of danger in England at that time, with the bombings, necessitated the evacuation of children.
    — Peter Shaffer
    tags: children  time  child  danger  war  england 
     
    Things rust, you know, like the heart. My cardiologist said, 'It's a pump; use it - that's the sole advice I've got to give you.' It's the same in playwriting. Don't theorise about it. Do it.
    — Peter Shaffer
    tags: heart  advice 
     
    Art and literature are my surrogate religions.
    — Peter Shaffer
    tags: literature 
     
    The conquistadors and their followers were very rough people, and they were fixated on gold and silver. They were oblivious to the astonishing achievements of the Inca civilisation.
    — Peter Shaffer
    A part of me is always envious of people who live in the present and are sustained by a sense of spontaneity. Even dogs have that capacity: they're always wanting to participate in something, and I don't often have that element in me.
    — Peter Shaffer
    tags: people  live  present  dog 
     
    I was brought up in an Orthodox Jewish household. I don't think I ever had a single discussion with my parents about faith. It was just something gently imposed.
    — Peter Shaffer
    tags: faith  parent 
     
    I'd be willing to bet that any incursion throughout history in which the invading country has proclaimed it is bringing benefits to the conquered is based on a lie.
    — Peter Shaffer
    tags: lies 
     
    I've seen the most remarkable thing. It's in the New York Public Library. They've got the original typescript of 'The Importance of Being Earnest' - all four acts of it.
    — Peter Shaffer
    tags: library 
     
    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
    tags: lessons  drama  seeing  achieve 
     
    He'll be delivered from madness. What then? He'll feel himself acceptable! What then? Do you think feelings like his can be simply re-attached, like plasters? Stuck on to other objects we select? Look at him! ... My desire might be to make this boy an ardent husband - a caring citizen - a worshipper of abstract and unifying God. My achievement, however, is more likely to make a ghost!
    — Peter Shaffer
    You never quite know what's going to strike your imagination, or something that won't going to leave you alone, not going to leave alone, and this was one for me.
    — Peter Shaffer
    tags: alone  imagination 
     
    You have your words, and I have mine.
    — Peter Shaffer
    Look... to go through life and call it yours - your life - you first have to get your own pain. Pain that's unique to you. You can't just dip into the common bin and say 'That's enough!'...
    — Peter Shaffer
    tags: pain 
     
    Can you think of anything worse one can do to anybody than take away their worship?
    — Peter Shaffer
    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
    tags: language  wrong 
     
    Rehearsing a play is making the word flesh. Publishing a play is reversing the process.
    — Peter Shaffer
    tags: process 
     
    I was an accomplice in my own frustration.
    — Peter Shaffer
    It's an extraordinary thing about Mozart is that you never tire of him... he never bores me, and he doesn't... not only bore me, that's too strong a word.
    — Peter Shaffer
    tags: strong 
     
    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.
    — Peter Shaffer
    tags: dark  comedy  moment  black 
     
    Goodness is nothing in the furnace of art.
    — Peter Shaffer
    tags: goodness 
     
    The Devil isn't made by what Mommy says, or what Daddy says. The Devil is there.
    — Peter Shaffer
    tags: devil 
     
    What use, after all, is man, if not to teach God His lessons?
    — Peter Shaffer
    tags: men  god 
     
    A child is born into a world of phenomena all equal in their power to enslave.
    — Peter Shaffer
    tags: children  power  world  child 
     
    Passion, you see, can be destroyed by a doctor. It cannot be created.
    — Peter Shaffer
    tags: passion  doctor 
     
    I made, over the years in Cambridge, several very good American friends, and America appeared to me, a land of promise in every sense of that word, a land of freedom from the inhibitions and restrictions that I felt in England.
    — Peter Shaffer
    Everything we feel is made of Time. All the beauties of life are shaped by it.
    — Peter Shaffer
    tags: beauty  time 
     
    I think people nowadays do tend to blame their parents for everything.
    — Peter Shaffer
    tags: people  parent 
     
    All I ever wanted was to sing to God. He gave me that longing and then made me mute.
    — Peter Shaffer
    tags: longing  god 
     
    I think plays, like books, are endemic. They grow out of the soil of the writer and the place he's writing about. I think, you just can't move them about, you know.
    — Peter Shaffer
    tags: writing  book 
     
    What the eye does not see, the heart does not grieve over, does it?
    — Peter Shaffer
    tags: heart  eyes 
     
    And in fact, I think one of the best guides to telling you who you are, and I think children use it all the time for this purpose, is fantasy.
    — Peter Shaffer
    tags: children  fantasy  time  child  facts 
     
    The trouble is if you don't spend your life yourself, other people spend it for you.
    — Peter Shaffer
    tags: people 
     
    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
    tags: beauty  music 
     
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    peter shaffer
    Birth    : May 15, 1926
    Death  : June 6, 2016
    Occupation  : Playwright