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A collection of Stephen Fry Quotes about books, love, comedy, philosophy, library, poetry, critics, drugs, music, and much more.

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

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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.

- Stephen Fry

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.

- Stephen Fry

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.

- 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 Fry Chronicles, Stephen Fry

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.

- Stephen Fry

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.

- Moab Is My Washpot, Stephen Fry

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

- Making History, Stephen Fry

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.

- Moab Is My Washpot, Stephen Fry

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.

- Stephen Fry

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.

- Stephen Fry

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

- Moab Is My Washpot, Stephen Fry

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

- Stephen Fry

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?

- Making History, Stephen Fry

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.

- The Fry Chronicles, Stephen Fry

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

- Moab Is My Washpot, Stephen Fry

Compromise is a stalling between two fools.

- Stephen Fry

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.

- Moab Is My Washpot, Stephen Fry

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

- The Fry Chronicles, Stephen Fry

Better sexy and racy Than sexist and racist

- Stephen Fry

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.

- Stephen Fry

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

- Stephen Fry

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.

- Moab Is My Washpot, Stephen Fry

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

- Stephen Fry

I have Van Gogh's ear for music

- Stephen Fry

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

- The Fry Chronicles, 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.

- The Liar, 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.

- Moab Is My Washpot, Stephen Fry

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

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

- Moab Is My Washpot, Stephen Fry

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.

- The Liar, Stephen Fry

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.

- Stephen Fry

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

- The Hippopotamus, Stephen Fry

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.

- The Hippopotamus, Stephen Fry

Not one word of the following is true

- The Liar, Stephen Fry

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.

- Moab Is My Washpot, 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.

- Moab Is My Washpot, Stephen Fry

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

- The Hippopotamus, 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.

- Stephen Fry

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.

- The Fry Chronicles, Stephen Fry

...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

- Stephen Fry

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

- Stephen Fry

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.

- The Fry Chronicles, Stephen Fry

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

- Stephen Fry

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

- The Fry Chronicles, Stephen Fry

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

- The Hippopotamus, Stephen Fry

Between funny and witty Falls the shadow

- The Fry Chronicles, Stephen Fry

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

- Moab Is My Washpot, Stephen Fry

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

- 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.

- The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within, Stephen Fry

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

- The Hippopotamus, Stephen Fry

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

- The Liar, 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 FUCKING DEAF. I’m tone DUMB.

- Moab Is My Washpot, Stephen Fry

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

- The Fry Chronicles, 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.

- Moab Is My Washpot, Stephen Fry

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.

- The Stars' Tennis Balls, Stephen Fry

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.

- The Book of General Ignorance, 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.

- Stephen Fry

I cannot bear natural light when I'm writing.

- Stephen Fry

Nature admits no hierarchy of beauty or usefulness or importance.

- Last Chance to See: In the Footsteps of Douglas Adams, 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.

- 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.

- The Hippopotamus, Stephen Fry

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.

- The Fry Chronicles, 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?

- Moab Is My Washpot, Stephen Fry

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.

- The Hippopotamus, 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.

- The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within, 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?

- The Liar, 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?

- Moab Is My Washpot, 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?

- The Fry Chronicles, Stephen Fry

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

- Revenge, Stephen Fry

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’.

- Moab Is My Washpot, Stephen Fry

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

- The Liar, Stephen Fry

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

- The Liar, 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.

- Moab Is My Washpot, Stephen Fry

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

- Moab Is My Washpot, Stephen Fry

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

- The Liar, Stephen Fry

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

- The Hippopotamus, Stephen Fry

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

- 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.

- Moab Is My Washpot, 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?

- Moab Is My Washpot, Stephen Fry