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Stephen Fry Quotes

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

As someone who worked hard for a Labour victory in the 90s, do I regret it? Not really. It was bound to happen. And it'll happen with the next government, and the one after it. Because all governments serve us. They serve the filth.

But happiness is no respecter of persons.

But if one could go back in time, I'd love to have been directed by Howard Hawks, who's one of my great heroes. One of the greatest directors there ever was. He directed probably one of the greatest westerns of all time in Rio Bravo.

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

Having a great intellect is no path to being happy.

Having been an actor and a writer for so long - 20 years or so - I felt that it would be daft to go to one's grave without having directed. It's a natural extension of writing and acting, and so I knew it would happen one day.

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

I don't need you to remind me of my age. I have a bladder to do that for me.

I don't watch television, I think it destroys the art of talking about oneself.

I get an urge, like a pregnant elephant, to go away and give birth to a book.

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 like to think of myself at home in the armchair, writing, smoking and occasionally wandering down the shop.

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 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.

I think the fact that I'm so well known to be gay makes it very difficult to have a convincing relationship with a woman on screen. It wouldn't be at all difficult for me to kiss a woman - I'll kiss a frog if you like.

I think we have all experienced passion that is not in any sense reasonable.

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'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.

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