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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.
An original idea. That can't be too hard. The library must be full of them.
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.
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.
When you get just a complete sense of blackness or void ahead of you, that somehow the future looks an impossible place to be, and the direction you are going seems to have no purpose, there is this word despair which is a very awful thing to feel.
I don't need you to remind me of my age. I have a bladder to do that for me.
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.
I am a lover of truth, a worshipper of freedom, a celebrant at the altar of language and purity and tolerance.
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Love in all eight tones and all five semitones of the word's full octave.
I like to think of myself at home in the armchair, writing, smoking and occasionally wandering down the shop.
It only takes a room of Americans for the English and Australians to realise how much we have in common.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Generally, we admire the thing we are not.
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.
Now, bipolar disorder, it goes on a spectrum. There's very severe conditions of it and there are milder ones. I'm lucky enough that it's reasonably mild in my case.
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.
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.
If you go looking for loonies and religious fanatics and dropouts and freaks, I dare say you'll find it.
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