Stephen Fry Quotations

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

How can I tell you what I think until I’ve heard what I’m going to say?

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

If ignorance is bliss, why aren’t there more happy people in the world?

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.

I think animal testing is cruel. They get all nervous and give silly answers.

I shouldn’t be saying this, high treason really, but I sometimes wonder if Americans aren’t fooled by our accent into detecting a brilliance that may not really be there.

Knowing what I now know I would never have done anything so fatuous; but then I never would have known what I know now had I not.

Nothing in this world is at it seems. Except, possibly, porridge.

One technology doesn’t replace another, it complements. Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators.

P. G. Wodehouse… used, when in town, to solve the problem of the long walk to the post-office by the simple expedient of tossing his letters out of his window: his belief that the average human, finding a stamped and addressed envelope on the pavement, would naturally pop it into the nearest pillar-box was never once, in decades, shown to be unfounded.

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.

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.

There is something in the American project, something in simple American oratory, something in the hope and idealism of this frustrating and contradictory nation that still makes my spirits soar and my heart leap with optimism and belief. If only they understood how to make a cup of tea.

What’s magical about [bears] is that they just spend one-hundred percent of every minute of every hour of every day being a bear. And a tree-frog spends all of its time being a tree-frog. We spend all our time trying to be somebody else.

What makes a good family? Well, I suppose obviously love. Love lubricated often I think by humor. I think a family that can laugh at each other and tease themselves and who are able to be jolly with each other I think is the key.

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    1. I have the DVD set of Jeeves and Wooster starring Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie (based on the famed P.G. Wodehouse characters,) Very funny, though it helps that we lived in the UK and understand some of the references!

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        1. I’ve seen bits of different episodes – and YouTube seems to have enough of them to keep me watching for a while! Thanks for the tip.


  1. I love the scene in that show where he’s driving around America in the London taxi cab and visits the body farm. He says something like “I would like to donate my body here because it would do some good, and I have been totally useless when I’ve been alive.”


    1. I suppose we are all ignorant about something and if we are surrounded by people who point out our ignorance, then it stands to reason we won’t be happy! I guess the secret of happiness is to blissfully ignore certain people…

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