Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead quotes

48 total quotes (ID: 1078)

The Player

Audiences know what they expect, and that is all they are prepared to believe in.

Be happy – if you're not even happy, what's so good about surviving? We'll be all right. I suppose we just go on.

Eternity is a terrible thought. I mean, where's it going to end?

For a handful of coin I happen to have a private and uncut performance of "The Rape of the Sabine Women," or rather woman, or rather Alfred, and for eight you can participate.

Generally speaking, things have gone about as far as they can possibly go when things have gotten about as bad as they can reasonably get.

Half of what he said meant something else, and the other half didn't mean anything at all.

Has it ever happened to you that all of a sudden and for no reason at all you haven't the faintest idea how to spell the word – "wife" – or "house" – because when you write it down, you just can't remember ever having seen those letters in that order before …?

I congratulate you on the unambiguity of your situation.

If we had a destiny, then so had he, and if this is ours, then that was his, and if there are no explanations for us, then let there be none for him.

Life in a box is better than no life at all, I expect. You'd have a chance, at least. You could lie there thinking, "Well. At least I'm not dead."

Life is a gamble, at terrible odds – if it was a bet, you wouldn't take it.

My talent is more general. I extract significance from melodrama, a significance which it does not, in fact, contain.

No, no, no … you've got it all wrong … you can't act death. The fact of it is nothing to do with seeing it happen – it's not gasps and blood and falling about – that isn't what makes it death. It's just a man failing to reappear, that's all – now you see him, now you don't, that's the only thing that's real: here one minute and gone the next and never coming back – an exit, unobtrusive and unannounced, a disappearance gathering weight as it goes on, until, finally, it is heavy with death.

Pirates could happen to anyone.

Pragmatism?! Is that all you have to offer?