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Quotations From PETER SHAFFER

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  • 1.
    One hears such sounds and what can one say but ... "Salieri."
    Peter Shaffer (b. 1926), British playwright, screenwriter. Mozart (Tom Hulce), Amadeus, giving his opinion of one of Salieri's operas (1984).
  • 2.
    I speak for all mediocrities in the world. I am their champion. I am their patron saint.
    Peter Shaffer (b. 1926), British playwright, screenwriter. Salieri (F. Murray Abraham), Amadeus (1984).

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  • 3.
    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 (b. 1926), British playwright, screenwriter. Mozart (Tom Hulce), Amadeus, arguing to Salieri (F. Murray Abraham) that German opera is better at depicting love than Italian opera (1984).

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  • 4.
    Not German, I beg your majesty. Italian is the proper language for opera. All educated people agree on that.
    Peter Shaffer (b. 1926), British playwright, screenwriter. Count Orsini-Rosenberg (Charles Kay), Amadeus, beseeching Emperor Joseph II (Jeffrey Jones) not to commission Mozart (Tom Hulce) to write an opera in German (1984).

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  • 5.
    I think you overestimate our dear Viennese, my friend. Do you know you didn't even give them a good bang at the end of songs, to let them know when to clap.
    Peter Shaffer (b. 1926), British playwright, screenwriter. Salieri (F. Murray Abraham), Amadeus, to Mozart (Tom Hulce), explaining why the public didn't embrace his opera, The Marriage of Figaro (1984).

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  • 6.
    Only an idiot would ask Wolfie to work on that stuff—twelve foot snakes, magic flutes.
    Peter Shaffer (b. 1926), British playwright, screenwriter. Constanze Mozart (Elizabeth Berridge), Amadeus, to Emmanuel Schikaneder (Simon Callow), regarding his libretto for The Magic Flute (1984).

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  • 7.
    Understand, I was in love with the girl. Or at least in lust.
    Peter Shaffer (b. 1926), British playwright, screenwriter. Salieri (F. Murray Abraham), Amadeus, speaking about Katerina (Christine Ebersole) to Father Vogler (Richard Frank) (1984).

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