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An original idea. That can't be too hard. The library must be full of them.
Taste every fruit of every tree in the garden at least once. It is an insult to creation not to experience it fully. Temperance is wickedness.
The point about manic depression or bipolar disorder, as it's now more commonly called, is that it's about mood swings. So, you have an elevated mood. When people think of manic depression, they only hear the word depression. They think one's a depressive. The point is, one's a manic-depressive.
I don't need you to remind me of my age. I have a bladder to do that for me.
To be human and to be adult means constantly to be in the grip of opposing emotions, to have daily to reconcile apparently conflicting tensions. I want this, but need that. I cherish this, but I adore its opposite too.
It is a cliche that most cliches are true, but then like most cliches, that cliche is untrue.
Having a great intellect is no path to being happy.
You can't reason yourself back into cheerfulness any more than you can reason yourself into an extra six inches in height.
It only takes a room of Americans for the English and Australians to realise how much we have in common.
Old Professors never die, they just lose their faculties.
I shouldn't be saying this - high treason, really - but I sometimes wonder if Americans aren't fooled by our accent into detecting brilliance that may not really be there.
I have pushed the boat out as far as I should in terms of taking on too many things. I'm getting older and I just could not take it any more. I am now monitoring myself very closely and I'm just trying not to get into that sort of state again.
There's no doubt that I do have extremes of mood that are greater than just about anybody else I know.
Somehow, as a writer, you tend to use words to paper over structural cracks.
I think my view is that whenever you project into the future you're never likely to be accurate in the details, or the paraphernalia and style. It's in the spirit of it.
I'd probably want to teach at university, because children would drive me insane. I suspect it would be English literature, Shakespeare and so forth. I've always been deeply, deeply in love with that kind of thing.
I feel I would love to close down for a number of years in some way and just be in the country making pork pies and chutneys and never have to poke my head out of the parapet.
Because, let's face it, I do not get offered the parts that Brad Pitt has just turned down.
There is no particular Socratic or Dimechian or Kantian way to live your life. They don't offer ethical codes and standards by which to live your life.
It was extremely important to show that Wilde's sexuality was not just some intellectual idea. It was real, and it was about the human body. To just have mentioned it and not shown it would have been, I think, peculiar and wrong.
It is exhausting knowing that most of the time the phone rings, most of the time there's an email, most of the time there's a letter, someone wants something of you.
Generally, we admire the thing we are not.
Happiness is no respecter of persons.
It's rather splendid to think of all those great men and women who appear to have presented symptoms that allow us to describe them as bipolar. Whether it's Hemingway, Van Gogh... Robert Schumann has been mentioned... Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath... some of them with rather grim ends.
I am a lover of truth, a worshipper of freedom, a celebrant at the altar of language and purity and tolerance.
I get an urge, like a pregnant elephant, to go away and give birth to a book.
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