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Free Study Guide-Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard
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IMPORTANT QUOTES

• Guildenstern: It must be indicative of something, besides the redistribution of wealth. (Act One, pg. 16)

• Guildenstern: The scientific approach to the examination of phenomena is a defense against the pure emotion of fear. (Act One, pg. 17)

• Rosencrantz: It was urgent--a matter of extreme urgency, a royal summons, his very words: official business and no questions asked (Act One, pg. 19.)

• Guildenstern: Do you know any good plays? (Act One, pg. 32)

• Player: Blood is compulsory--they’re all blood, you see.

(Act One, pg. 33)

• Rosencrantz: I feel like a spectator--an appalling business. (Act One, pg. 41)

• Polonius: Though this be madness, yet there is method in it. (Act One, pg. 52)

• Rosencrantz: They know nothing of that and you know nothing of them, to your mutual survival.

• Guildenstern: From now on reason will prevail.


• Rosencrantz: Eternity is a terrible thought. I mean, where’s it going to end?

• Player: Events must play themselves out to aesthetic, moral and logical conclusion. (Act Two, pg. 79)

• Guildenstern: Even if I don’t know where I am, I like to know that. (Act Two, pg. 95)

• Guildenstern: We act on scraps of information--sifting half-remembered directions that we can hardly separate from instinct.

• Guildenstern: Well. He is a man, he is mortal, death comes to us all, etcetera (Act Three, pg. 110)

• Player: Life is a gamble, at terrible odds--if it was a bet you wouldn’t take it. Act Three, pg. 115)

• Rosencrantz: Couldn’t we just stay put? I mean no one is going to come on and drag us off--(Act Three, pg. 125)

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