peter shaffer Quotes

I think possibly the first film that has music as its leading character.
tags: character music film
— Peter Shaffer
But the first published thing I did was a detective story, detective novel, and I did that on my own.
tags: novel stories
— Peter Shaffer
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.
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— Peter Shaffer
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?'
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— Peter Shaffer
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.
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— Peter Shaffer
The rhetoric is the key to the character. It's the verbal music of the piece.
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— Peter Shaffer
In London, 'Equus' caused a sensation because it displayed cruelty to horses; in New York, because it allegedly displayed cruelty to psychiatrists.
tags: cruelty
— Peter Shaffer
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.
tags: children time child danger war england
— Peter Shaffer
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.
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— Peter Shaffer
Art and literature are my surrogate religions.
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— Peter Shaffer
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.
tags: people achievement
— 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.
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— Peter Shaffer
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.
tags: faith parent
— Peter Shaffer
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.
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— Peter Shaffer
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.
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— 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.
tags: lessons drama seeing achieve
— Peter Shaffer
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!
tags: desires hell achievement madness boys god
— 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.
tags: alone imagination
— Peter Shaffer
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!'...
tags: pain
— Peter Shaffer
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.
tags: language wrong
— Peter Shaffer
Rehearsing a play is making the word flesh. Publishing a play is reversing the process.
tags: process
— Peter Shaffer
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.
tags: strong
— Peter Shaffer
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.
tags: dark comedy moment black
— Peter Shaffer
Goodness is nothing in the furnace of art.
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— Peter Shaffer
The Devil isn't made by what Mommy says, or what Daddy says. The Devil is there.
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— Peter Shaffer
What use, after all, is man, if not to teach God His lessons?
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— Peter Shaffer
A child is born into a world of phenomena all equal in their power to enslave.
tags: children power world child
— Peter Shaffer
Passion, you see, can be destroyed by a doctor. It cannot be created.
tags: passion doctor
— Peter Shaffer
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.
tags: freedom friends america american england year
— Peter Shaffer
Everything we feel is made of Time. All the beauties of life are shaped by it.
tags: beauty time
— Peter Shaffer
I think people nowadays do tend to blame their parents for everything.
tags: people parent
— Peter Shaffer
All I ever wanted was to sing to God. He gave me that longing and then made me mute.
tags: longing god
— Peter Shaffer
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.
tags: writing book
— Peter Shaffer
What the eye does not see, the heart does not grieve over, does it?
tags: heart eyes
— Peter Shaffer
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.
tags: children fantasy time child facts
— Peter Shaffer
The trouble is if you don't spend your life yourself, other people spend it for you.
tags: people
— 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.
tags: beauty music
— Peter Shaffer