You don't need a Harvard MBA to know that the bedroom and the boardroom are just two sides of the same ballgame.— Stephen Fry
The most astounding Stephen Fry quotes that are easy to memorize and remember
I remember nothing of this, no ambulance rides, nothing.
Nothing between switching out the bedside lamp and the sudden indignity of rebirth: the slaps, the brightness, the tubing, the speed, the urgent insistence that I be choked back into breathing life. I have felt so sorry for babies ever since.
Estate agents: like them or loathe them, you'd be mad not to loathe them.
We humans are naturally disposed to worship gods and heroes, to build our pantheons and valhallas. I would rather see that impulse directed into the adoration of daft singers, thicko footballers and air-headed screen actors than into the veneration of dogmatic zealots, fanatical preachers, militant politicians and rabid cultural commentators.
It's not all bad. Heightened self-consciousness, apartness, an inability to join in, physical shame and self-loathing—they are not all bad. Those devils have been my angels. Without them I would never have disappeared into language, literature, the mind, laughter and all the mad intensities that made and unmade me.
Wine can be a better teacher than ink, and banter is often better than books
Nothing in this world is at it seems. Except, possibly, porridge.
As I say I don't want to kill myself, I just wouldn't mind dying.
All the big words -virtue, justice, truth, ...- are dwarfed by the greatness of kindness
Stop feeling sorry for yourself and you will be happy.
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's hard to be a friend to someone who's depressed, but it is one of the kindest, noblest, and best things you will ever do.
I have always been an impassioned advocate for the works of Shakespeare.
I regard him as one of the most complete miracles of his or any other age.
People still don't get how astounding Darwinism is.
People think what shocked everybody was that Charles Darwin seemed to be saying we had descended from apes.
Hell, I am young. I am free. My teeth are clean. The sun shines. To hell with everything else
Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators.
Alternative medicine people call themselves "holistic" and say it's the "whole" approach. Well, if it's the whole approach, let it be the mind as well. Use logic, use sense, use the incredible five wits you were given by creation.
It's now very common to hear people say 'I'm rather offended by that'.
The English language is an arsenal of weapons.
If you are going to brandish them without checking to see whether or not they are loaded, you must expect to have them explode in your face from time to time.
If ignorance is bliss, why aren't there more happy people in the world?
I'm afraid I was very much the traditionalist.
I went down on one knee and dictated a proposal which my secretary faxed over straight away.
I may have looked happy but inside I was hopelessly depressed.
Homosexuals are not interested in making other people homosexuals.
Homophobes are interested in making other people homophobes.
I almost once wanted to publish a self help book saying, 'How To Be Happy, by Stephen Fry: Guaranteed Success'. And people buy this huge book and it's all blank pages, and the first page would just say, 'Stop feeling sorry for yourself--and you will be happy.'
We are not nouns, we are verbs. I am not a thing - an actor, a writer - I am a person who does things - I write, I act - and I never know what I'm going to do next. I think you can be imprisoned if you think of yourself as a noun.
Naturally I've known girlies form an attachment to the younger male before now, but in the tennis score of the bedroom most girls in my experience would rather Love Thirty or Love Forty than Love Fifteen. Men, of course, are a whole other issue; they start at Love All and stay there until they're dragged from the court
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.
Why should I be depressed? I've got enough money.
I've got a job. People like me. There is no to be depressed. That's at stupid as saying there is no reason to have asthma or there is no reason to have the measles. You know you've got it. It's there. It's not about reason.
You either get Norfolk, with its wild roughness and uncultivated oddities, or you don't. It's not all soft and lovely. It doesn't ask to be loved.
My secret is that I have never thought there is a secret to anything in life.
Passion. Love. Drive. Work. Work. Work. Dull but true.
This is the point. One technology doesn't replace another, it complements. Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators.
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.
I've always had great respect for Paddington because he is amusingly English and eccentric. He is a great British institution and my generation grew up with the books and then Michael Horden's animations.
I want you to know that you are not alone in your being alone.
In a dung heap, even a plastic bead can gleam like a sapphire.
If you know someone who's depressed, please resolve never to ask them why.
Depression isn't a straightforward response to a bad situation; depression just is, like the weather.
Humanism is an approach to life which encourages ethical and fulfilling living on the basis of reason and humanity, and rejects superstition and religion. The most immediate impact of living as a Humanist is that we believe this life is all there is - so what we do and the choices we make really count.
When we understand every single secret of the universe, there will still be left the eternal mystery of the human heart.
It may be that there is an afterlife and I'll look incredibly stupid, but at least I will have had a crammed pre afterlife, a crammed life, so to me the most important thing is you know as Kipling put it. [...] To fill every unforgiving minute with 60 seconds worth of distance run.
Music takes me to places of illimitable sensual and insensate joy, accessing points of ecstasy that no angelic lover could ever locate, or plunging me into gibbering weeping hells of pain that no torturer could ever devise".
Philosophy is an odd thing... 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.
Living with bipolar, schizophrenia or any other mental condition takes a recognition that one has a chronic condition that needs managing. The management can be through pharmaceutical intervention, talk therapy, mindfulness programmes, diet and exercise changes, all kinds of things.
Seriousness is no more a guarantee of truth, insight, authenticity or probity, than humour is a guarantee of superficiality and stupidity.
Cheat? Good heavens, this is an amateur cricket match amongst leading prep schools, I'm an Englishman and a schoolmaster supposedly setting an example to his young charges. We are playing the most artistic and beautiful game ever devised. Of course I'll cunting well cheat. Now, give me my robe and put on my crown. I have immortal longings in me.
Oscar Wilde quite rightly said, 'All art is useless'.
And that may sound as if that means it's something not worth supporting. But if you actually think about it, the things that matter in life are useless. Love is useless. Wine is useless. Art is the love and wine of life. It is the extra, without which life is not worth living.
Where LGBT and mental health issues collide is over stigma.
And stigma is society's problem not the problem of the LGBT or mental health community. What we have to deal with is the ignorance, fear and prejudice that blight the lives of those who have nothing wrong with them in any moral or transgressive sense. It is society that is ill.
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will always hurt me.
Bones mend and become actually stronger in the very place they were broken and where they have knitted up; mental wounds can grind and ooze for decades and be re-opened by the quietest whisper.
The English language is like London: proudly barbaric yet deeply civilised, too, common yet royal, vulgar yet processional, sacred yet profane.
An original idea. That can't be too hard. The library must be full of them.
I think Eros should be dirty. In Greek legend, as I'm sure you are aware, he fell in love with the minor deity Psyche. It was the Greek way of saying that, in spite of what it may believe, Love pursues the Soul, not the body; the Erotic desires the Psychic. If Love was clean and wholesome he wouldn't lust after Psyche.