Quotations by Peter Shaffer

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Born: Saturday, May 15, 1926
Profession: Playwright
Nationality: English


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
(Keywords: Time, Purpose, Children, Fact, Fantasy)

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
(Keywords: Comedy, Light, Play)

But the first published thing I did was a detective story, detective novel, and I did that on my own.
- Peter Shaffer
(Keywords: First)

Everything we feel is made of Time. All the beauties of life are shaped by it.
- Peter Shaffer
(Keywords: Life, Time)

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
(Keywords: America, American, EnglFreedom, Friends, Land, Promise, Sense, Word, Years)

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

I think I did have fantasies about being an actor. In fact, I know I did.
- Peter Shaffer
(Keywords: Actor, Being, Fact)

I think people nowadays do tend to blame their parents for everything.
- Peter Shaffer
(Keywords: People, Blame, Parents)

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
(Keywords: Books, Writer, Writing)

I think possibly the first film that has music as its leading character.
- Peter Shaffer
(Keywords: Music, Character, Film, First, Leading)

I was an accomplice in my own frustration.
- Peter Shaffer
(Keywords: Frustration)

I was born in Liverpool in England, and I lived there for the first nine years of my life.
- Peter Shaffer
(Keywords: Life, EnglFirst, Years)

If London is a watercolor, New York is an oil painting.
- Peter Shaffer
(Keywords: London, Oil, Painting)

It is very, very difficult for a playwright to write a scene in which a young man has his first deep experience of sex with a girl whom he found immensely attractive, is fully satisfied by this event and gets up and blinds a lot of horses.
- Peter Shaffer
(Keywords: Experience, Sex, Deep, First, Horses, Man)

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
(Keywords: Word)

Librarians as a race tend to be tedious.
- Peter Shaffer
(Keywords: Race)

My actual childhood, as opposed to my adolescence, was not spent in London.
- Peter Shaffer
(Keywords: Adolescence, Childhood, London)

Passion, you see, can be destroyed by a doctor. It cannot be created.
- Peter Shaffer
(Keywords: Passion)

Rehearsing a play is making the word flesh. Publishing a play is reversing the process.
- Peter Shaffer
(Keywords: Play, Publishing, Word)

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
(Keywords: Drama, Sun)

Tragedy, for me, is not a conflict between right and wrong, but between two different kinds of right.
- Peter Shaffer
(Keywords: Conflict, Right, Tragedy, Wrong)

Watching Italian opera, all those male sopranos screeching, stupid fat couples rolling their eyes about. That's not love, it's just rubbish.
- Peter Shaffer
(Keywords: Love, Eyes, Opera)

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
(Keywords: War, Time, Children, Danger, England, Germany, State)

You can't always let people do their own thing.
- Peter Shaffer
(Keywords: People)

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
(Keywords: Imagination)







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