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99 Stephen Fry Quotes Prove Why He's One Of The Coolest People Out There

Famous As: English Actor, Writer and Director Known for His Films: ‘V for Vendetta’ and ‘A Fish Called Wanda’
Born On: August 24, 1957
Born In: London, England, United Kingdom
Age: 65 Years

Author, actor, comedian, journalist, media presenter, screenwriter and social activist - Yes, it pretty much sums up the life of Stephen Fry. Coping with distressed young years, two school suspensions and three months of imprisonment for credit card fraud, Fry ultimately surfaced as a popular English media personality, known for his outstanding performance in ‘A bit of Fry & Laurie’, Blackaddar, Kingdom and Stephen Fry in America (a travel series). He has also done voice-over for all 7 books in the Harry Potter series, UK’s audiobook, animated movies and videogames. Multi-talented Stephen was a long-time host at QI quiz show. The legendary actor won Golden Globe nomination for Wilde. However, his epic Emmy award winning book ‘Stephen Fry: The Secret life of the Maniac Depressive’ earned him worldwide recognition. The world applauds his remarkable documentary aired on BBC where Stephen reveals the struggles of bipolar disorder sufferers and inspires millions of patients to win the losing battle. He has contributed to several articles, newspaper columns and novels like Moab is My Washpot. His life is an inspiration for teens struggling with behavioral issues. We all know Stephen Fry's wit is edgy and sharp. He articulates very well with clarity of perception. His thoughts and witty one-liners are very popular quotes. We have excerpted his quotes from his books, shows, writings, films and life in general. Here are some of Stephen Fry's quotes for you to read and enjoy.

Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators.

Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators.

Stephen Fry
You are who you are when nobody's watching.

You are who you are when nobody's watching.

Stephen Fry
An original idea. That can't be too hard. The library must be full of them.

An original idea. That can't be too hard. The library must be full of them.

Stephen Fry
Stop feeling sorry for yourself and you will be happy.

Stop feeling sorry for yourself and you will be happy.

Stephen Fry
The short answer to that is 'no.' The long answer is 'fuck no.

The short answer to that is 'no.' The long answer is 'fuck no.

Stephen Fry
The only reason people do not know much is because they do not care to know. They are incurious. Incuriousity is the oddest and most foolish failing there is.

The only reason people do not know much is because they do not care to know. They are incurious. Incuriousity is the oddest and most foolish failing there is.

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My first words, as I was being born [...] I looked up at my mother and said, 'that's the last time I'm going up one of those.

My first words, as I was being born [...] I looked up at my mother and said, 'that's the last time I'm going up one of those.

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I am a lover of truth, a worshiper of freedom, a celebrant at the altar of language and purity and tolerance.

I am a lover of truth, a worshiper of freedom, a celebrant at the altar of language and purity and tolerance.

Stephen Fry
No adolescent ever wants to be understood, which is why they complain about being misunderstood all the time.

No adolescent ever wants to be understood, which is why they complain about being misunderstood all the time.

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Hell, I am young. I am free. My teeth are clean. The sun shines. To hell with everything else

Hell, I am young. I am free. My teeth are clean. The sun shines. To hell with everything else

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It is the useless things that make life worth living and that make life dangerous too: wine, love, art, beauty. Without them life is safe, but not worth bothering with.

It is the useless things that make life worth living and that make life dangerous too: wine, love, art, beauty. Without them life is safe, but not worth bothering with.

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Having a great intellect is no path to being happy.

Having a great intellect is no path to being happy.

Stephen Fry
It is a cliche that most cliches are true, but then like most cliches, that cliche is untrue.

It is a cliche that most cliches are true, but then like most cliches, that cliche is untrue.

Stephen Fry
I like to wake up each morning and not know what I think, that I may reinvent myself in some way.

I like to wake up each morning and not know what I think, that I may reinvent myself in some way.

Stephen Fry
Education is the sum of what students teach each other between lectures and seminars.

Education is the sum of what students teach each other between lectures and seminars.

Stephen Fry
How can one not be fond of something that the Daily Mail despises?

How can one not be fond of something that the Daily Mail despises?

Stephen Fry
People who can change and change again are so much more reliable and happier than those who can’t

People who can change and change again are so much more reliable and happier than those who can’t

Stephen Fry
Sometimes there just isn't enough vomit in the world.

Sometimes there just isn't enough vomit in the world.

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Self-consciousness, that's what it is. Always my abiding vice. I keep seeing myself. Me watching myself watching others watch me. How do you lose that? What's the trick?

Self-consciousness, that's what it is. Always my abiding vice. I keep seeing myself. Me watching myself watching others watch me. How do you lose that? What's the trick?

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The sort of twee person who thinks swearing is in any way a sign of a lack of education or a lack of verbal interest is just a fucking lunatic.

The sort of twee person who thinks swearing is in any way a sign of a lack of education or a lack of verbal interest is just a fucking lunatic.

Stephen Fry
Enthusiats are used to being mocked, maligned and misunderstood. We don't really mind.

Enthusiats are used to being mocked, maligned and misunderstood. We don't really mind.

Stephen Fry
Sex without smiling is as sickly and as base as vodka and tonic without ice.

Sex without smiling is as sickly and as base as vodka and tonic without ice.

Stephen Fry
Compromise is a stalling between two fools.

Compromise is a stalling between two fools.

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Seriousness is no more a guarantee of truth, insight, authenticity or probity, than humour is a guarantee of superficiality and stupidity.

Seriousness is no more a guarantee of truth, insight, authenticity or probity, than humour is a guarantee of superficiality and stupidity.

Stephen Fry
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will always hurt me.

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will always hurt me.

Stephen Fry
Better sexy and racy
Than sexist and racist

Better sexy and racy Than sexist and racist

Stephen Fry
Wine can be a better teacher than ink, and banter is often better than books

Wine can be a better teacher than ink, and banter is often better than books

Stephen Fry
I'm fat because I'm greedy, and if my mind is fat it's because I'm curious.

I'm fat because I'm greedy, and if my mind is fat it's because I'm curious.

Stephen Fry
Old professors never die, they just lose their faculties.

Old professors never die, they just lose their faculties.

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A real education takes place, not in the lecture hall or library, but in the rooms of friends, with earnest frolic and happy disputation.

A real education takes place, not in the lecture hall or library, but in the rooms of friends, with earnest frolic and happy disputation.

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We gave you a perfectly good language and you f***ed up.

We gave you a perfectly good language and you f***ed up.

Stephen Fry
I'm not even tone deaf, that's the arse-mothering, fuck-nosed, bugger-sucking wank of the thing.

I'm not even tone deaf, that's the arse-mothering, fuck-nosed, bugger-sucking wank of the thing.

Stephen Fry
I have Van Gogh's ear for music

I have Van Gogh's ear for music

Stephen Fry
Love in all eight tones and all five semitones of the word's full octave

Love in all eight tones and all five semitones of the word's full octave

Stephen Fry
Those who rule the world get so little opportunity to run about and laugh and play in it.

Those who rule the world get so little opportunity to run about and laugh and play in it.

Stephen Fry
My first meeting with you only confirmed what I first suspected. You are a fraud, a charlatan and a shyster. My favourite kind of person, in fact.

My first meeting with you only confirmed what I first suspected. You are a fraud, a charlatan and a shyster. My favourite kind of person, in fact.

Stephen Fry
Life is sometimes novel-shaped, mocking the efforts of those authors who, in an effort to make their novels life-shaped, spurn the easy symmetry and cheap resonance of reality.

Life is sometimes novel-shaped, mocking the efforts of those authors who, in an effort to make their novels life-shaped, spurn the easy symmetry and cheap resonance of reality.

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To me, reason is as spiritual as anything else, the beauty of reason seems to me indelible and ineffable and numinous... the spirit is after all the same word we use to describe... essence

To me, reason is as spiritual as anything else, the beauty of reason seems to me indelible and ineffable and numinous... the spirit is after all the same word we use to describe... essence

Stephen Fry
You'll often hear the phrase

You'll often hear the phrase "science doesn't know everything." Well, of course it doesn't know everything. But just because science doesn't know everything doesn't mean that it knows nothing.

Stephen Fry
It was as if he grew his hair long and smoked cigarettes because he liked to, not because he liked being seen to. This was dangerously subversive.

It was as if he grew his hair long and smoked cigarettes because he liked to, not because he liked being seen to. This was dangerously subversive.

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Life, that can shower you with so much splendour, is unremittingly cruel to those who have given up.

Life, that can shower you with so much splendour, is unremittingly cruel to those who have given up.

Stephen Fry
In a dung heap, even a plastic bead can gleam like a sapphire.

In a dung heap, even a plastic bead can gleam like a sapphire.

Stephen Fry
Part of life is learning what to be ashamed of and what to be proud of.

Part of life is learning what to be ashamed of and what to be proud of.

Stephen Fry
Literature is the only access to truth we have on this planet.

Literature is the only access to truth we have on this planet.

Stephen Fry
If you have been, I'm glad you've stopped.

If you have been, I'm glad you've stopped.

Stephen Fry
When push-off comes to shove-off, a man must have a reason to get out of bed in the mornings, something more than the threat of bedsores, at any rate.

When push-off comes to shove-off, a man must have a reason to get out of bed in the mornings, something more than the threat of bedsores, at any rate.

Stephen Fry
Not one word of the following is true

Not one word of the following is true

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Christmas to a child is the first terrible proof that to travel hopefully is better than to arrive.

Christmas to a child is the first terrible proof that to travel hopefully is better than to arrive.

Stephen Fry
There is simply no limit to the tyrannical snobbery that otherwise decent people can descend into when it comes to music.

There is simply no limit to the tyrannical snobbery that otherwise decent people can descend into when it comes to music.

Stephen Fry
I expected the illegible and the deeply buried in me to be read as if carved on my forehead, just as I expected the obvious and the ill-concealed to be hidden from view.

I expected the illegible and the deeply buried in me to be read as if carved on my forehead, just as I expected the obvious and the ill-concealed to be hidden from view.

Stephen Fry
Cynical is the name we give those we fear may be laughing at us.

Cynical is the name we give those we fear may be laughing at us.

Stephen Fry
This is the point. One technology doesn't replace another, it complements. Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators.

This is the point. One technology doesn't replace another, it complements. Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators.

Stephen Fry
Estate agents: like them or loathe them, you'd be mad not to loathe them.

Estate agents: like them or loathe them, you'd be mad not to loathe them.

Stephen Fry
A university is not, thank heavens, a place for vocational instruction, it has nothing to do with training for a working life and career, it is a place for education, something quite different.

A university is not, thank heavens, a place for vocational instruction, it has nothing to do with training for a working life and career, it is a place for education, something quite different.

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...Catholic versus Protestant, essentially. It's that kind of fight. ... And it goes on to this day. Will we never learn? Who knows? Religion. Shit it.

...Catholic versus Protestant, essentially. It's that kind of fight. ... And it goes on to this day. Will we never learn? Who knows? Religion. Shit it.

Stephen Fry
You can never hope to recapture the first fine careless rapture

You can never hope to recapture the first fine careless rapture

Stephen Fry
It would be impossible to imagine going through life without swearing, and without enjoying swearing.

It would be impossible to imagine going through life without swearing, and without enjoying swearing.

Stephen Fry
Between funny and witty
Falls the shadow

Between funny and witty Falls the shadow

Stephen Fry
You've just had the most imponderable joy of watching charlieissocoollike, which makes you, like, cool.

You've just had the most imponderable joy of watching charlieissocoollike, which makes you, like, cool.

Stephen Fry
You should give up.'
'Why?'
'For one thing, you'll live longer.'
'Oh, you don't live longer. It just seems longer.

You should give up.' 'Why?' 'For one thing, you'll live longer.' 'Oh, you don't live longer. It just seems longer.

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I was born Mary Patterson, but then I married and naturally took my husband's name, so now I'm Neil Patterson.

I was born Mary Patterson, but then I married and naturally took my husband's name, so now I'm Neil Patterson.

Stephen Fry
It is complete loose stool water. It is arse-gravy of the worst kind. - About

It is complete loose stool water. It is arse-gravy of the worst kind. - About "The Da Vinci Code

Stephen Fry
I found it all about as arousing as a Tupperware party.

I found it all about as arousing as a Tupperware party.

Stephen Fry
It is a clich that most clichs are true, but then like most clichs, that clich is untrue

It is a clich that most clichs are true, but then like most clichs, that clich is untrue

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Life, that can shower you with so much slendour, is unremittingly cruel to those who have given up.

Life, that can shower you with so much slendour, is unremittingly cruel to those who have given up.

Stephen Fry
Poetry is not made to be sucked up like a child's milkshake, it is much better sipped like a precious malt whisky.

Poetry is not made to be sucked up like a child's milkshake, it is much better sipped like a precious malt whisky.

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A month's salary, deep regret, the telephone number of some foul rehab clinic and my lance was free.

A month's salary, deep regret, the telephone number of some foul rehab clinic and my lance was free.

Stephen Fry
Little girls grow up to be women, little boys grow up to be little boys.

Little girls grow up to be women, little boys grow up to be little boys.

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I’m not even tone deaf, that’s the arse-mothering, fuck-nosed, bugger-sucking wank of the thing.
I’M NOT EVEN TONE FUCKING DEAF. I’m tone DUMB.

I’m not even tone deaf, that’s the arse-mothering, fuck-nosed, bugger-sucking wank of the thing. I’M NOT EVEN TONE FUCKING DEAF. I’m tone DUMB.

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Knowing those things are going to kill you,

Knowing those things are going to kill you," she said, "and still you do it." "How differently I might behave," Tom said, "if immortality were an option.

Stephen Fry
Thos who rule the world get so little opportunity to run about and laugh and play in it.

Thos who rule the world get so little opportunity to run about and laugh and play in it.

Stephen Fry
Glory never arrives through the front door. She sneaks in uninvited round the back or through an upstairs window while you are sleeping.

Glory never arrives through the front door. She sneaks in uninvited round the back or through an upstairs window while you are sleeping.

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It's enough to be benign, to be gentle, to be funny, to be kind.

It's enough to be benign, to be gentle, to be funny, to be kind.

Stephen Fry
Like a Frenchman, far from home, catching a whiff of Gauloise.

Like a Frenchman, far from home, catching a whiff of Gauloise.

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I am a lover of truth, a worshipper of freedom, a celebrant at the altar of language and purity and tolerance.

I am a lover of truth, a worshipper of freedom, a celebrant at the altar of language and purity and tolerance.

Stephen Fry
Read it wisely, Little One, for the power of ignorance is great.

Read it wisely, Little One, for the power of ignorance is great.

Stephen Fry
You can't just say there is a god because the world is beautiful. You have to account for bone cancer in children.

You can't just say there is a god because the world is beautiful. You have to account for bone cancer in children.

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I cannot bear natural light when I'm writing.

I cannot bear natural light when I'm writing.

Stephen Fry
Nature admits no hierarchy of beauty or usefulness or importance.

Nature admits no hierarchy of beauty or usefulness or importance.

Stephen Fry
You don't sit down and write a wish list about the person you are going to fall violently in love with. It just doesn't work like that.

You don't sit down and write a wish list about the person you are going to fall violently in love with. It just doesn't work like that.

Stephen Fry
Nobody seems to understand that in such matters the tact and sympathy should come from the one who is about to die, not the poor bugger who has to take the news.

Nobody seems to understand that in such matters the tact and sympathy should come from the one who is about to die, not the poor bugger who has to take the news.

Stephen Fry
It was a Tuesday in February. Many of my life's most awful moments have taken place on Tuesdays. And what is February if not the Tuesday of the year?

It was a Tuesday in February. Many of my life's most awful moments have taken place on Tuesdays. And what is February if not the Tuesday of the year?

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I also knew that he was the kind of anile little runt who, in foyers and theatre bars the West End over, can be heard bleating into their gin and tonics,

I also knew that he was the kind of anile little runt who, in foyers and theatre bars the West End over, can be heard bleating into their gin and tonics, "I go to the theatre to be entertained.

Stephen Fry
You have already achieved the English-Language poet's most important goal: you can read, Write and speak English well enough to understand this sentence.

You have already achieved the English-Language poet's most important goal: you can read, Write and speak English well enough to understand this sentence.

Stephen Fry
Either a municipal bog is a private place or it isn't. If it is a private place in which to shit, how is it not a private place in which to fellate?

Either a municipal bog is a private place or it isn't. If it is a private place in which to shit, how is it not a private place in which to fellate?

Stephen Fry
I was happy there. Which is to say I was not unhappy there. Unhappiness and happiness I have always been able to carry about with me, irrespective of place and people, because I have never joined in.

I was happy there. Which is to say I was not unhappy there. Unhappiness and happiness I have always been able to carry about with me, irrespective of place and people, because I have never joined in.

Stephen Fry
It was a Tuesday in February. Many my life's most awful moments have taken place on Tuesdays. And what is February if not the Tuesday of the year?

It was a Tuesday in February. Many my life's most awful moments have taken place on Tuesdays. And what is February if not the Tuesday of the year?

Stephen Fry
My real dissatisfaction is with my dissatisfaction. How dare I be so discontent? How dare I? Or being discontent why cannot I shut up about it?

My real dissatisfaction is with my dissatisfaction. How dare I be so discontent? How dare I? Or being discontent why cannot I shut up about it?

Stephen Fry
Anger fed him and clothed him and he owed it much.

Anger fed him and clothed him and he owed it much.

Stephen Fry
Hold the newsreader's nose squarely, waiter, or friendly milk will countermand my trousers.

Hold the newsreader's nose squarely, waiter, or friendly milk will countermand my trousers.

Stephen Fry
Madam, I have been looking for a person who disliked gravy all my life; let us swear eternal friendship’.

Madam, I have been looking for a person who disliked gravy all my life; let us swear eternal friendship’.

Stephen Fry
All gone. All anger quelled, all desire drained, all thirst slaked, all madness past.

All gone. All anger quelled, all desire drained, all thirst slaked, all madness past.

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There can't be that many individual souls. Not souls like mine. There isn't room. There can't be.

There can't be that many individual souls. Not souls like mine. There isn't room. There can't be.

Stephen Fry
Just as it is the love of money that is the root of all evil, it is the belief in shamefulness that is the root of all misery.

Just as it is the love of money that is the root of all evil, it is the belief in shamefulness that is the root of all misery.

Stephen Fry
We keep our insignificant blemishes so that we can blame them for our larger defects.

We keep our insignificant blemishes so that we can blame them for our larger defects.

Stephen Fry
I think it was Harry Walpole who remarked,

I think it was Harry Walpole who remarked, "In this life one should try everything once except incest and country dancing.

Stephen Fry
[his healing skills] ..lay in the ability to comfort, to comfort in the proper sense, to make strong, to fortify

[his healing skills] ..lay in the ability to comfort, to comfort in the proper sense, to make strong, to fortify

Stephen Fry
Feelings are not something to which one does or does not have rights.

Feelings are not something to which one does or does not have rights.

Stephen Fry
Late, Fry?’ ‘Really, sir? So am I.’ ‘Don’t try to be clever, boy.’ ‘Very good, sir. How stupid would you like me to be? Very stupid or only slightly stupid?

Late, Fry?’ ‘Really, sir? So am I.’ ‘Don’t try to be clever, boy.’ ‘Very good, sir. How stupid would you like me to be? Very stupid or only slightly stupid?

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