Talk:Stephen Fry

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I am certain "the Ode most travelled" interview reference is a mistake. He wrote "the ode less travelled".

"An original idea. That can't be too hard. The library must be full of them. " is listed twice. —This unsigned comment is by (talkcontribs) .

I've removed the second instance of the quote from the article. In the future, you can go ahead and make such edits yourself, even if you don't register for an account. —LrdChaos 03:13, 27 April 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]


  • How can one not be fond of something that the Daily Mail despises?
  • Beyond question, the north Norfolk coastline is the place where I feel happiest in the world: from Dersingham to Blakeney is just superb. It's the beaches, the tide, the skies, the birds and the fishermen, the people who live and work there. It's in danger of becoming Notting Hill-by-the-sea, it's so desirable.
  • Christmas to a child is the first terrible proof that to travel hopefully is better than to arrive.
  • I spent a long time in the school library listening to [music], but I was always frustrated that I never seemed to be able to really get inside the music. I used to conduct as I listened. Wildly. Some children did air guitar... I did air baton. There's a piano in my house, and I play when no one's around - but as soon as anyone listens, my confidence goes and I lose my sense of rhythm.
  • I think animal testing is cruel. They might get nervous and give silly answers. (From an episode of A Bit of Fry and Laurie)
  • "I was asked to be on that Grumpy Old Men programme and I refused because I said, 'If I go on, I will be grumpy about grumpy old men.' I think there's nothing more pathetic than people moaning about mobile phones."
  • Many people would no more think of entering journalism than the sewage business - which at least does us all some good.
  • Oh, I love TV. I've got cable with all the bells and whistles. Sunday nights are perfect for sinking into a Foyle's War or a Midsomer Murders.
  • The day I stop learning is the day it all goes wrong and I start twitching my middle-class curtains, glaring at strangers and shopping for lawn mowers.
  • There is so much we can learn from TV. It's a window on the world.
  • They're rather stout, and dignified, and slightly raffish, and a little bit rumpled and slightly annoyed at things.
    • On why the Brits love Winnie the Pooh and Paddington Bear.
  • When you've seen a nude infant doing a backward somersault you know why clothing exists.
  • Religion - Shit it. (From an episode of Q.I)
  • Sometimes there just isn't enough vomit in the world.. (Once on Have I Got News For You and once on Q.I.)
  • Lots of actors don't do their best stuff until they're over forty. Look at...that Hugh fellow, you know, the one from House.(referring to his Fry & Laurie co-star Hugh Laurie)
  • We've all got 3 minutes to live! What would you do? I know what I'd do- I'd have a peanut butter sandwich! (Stephen Fry in America)

Pithy quotes of a thousand words?[edit]

This article features inter alia quotes of 265, 316, 334, 513, 701, and 1073 words. (Counted by machine, of course.) The Wikiquote guidelines (WQ:LOQ) say: "Inappropriately lengthy quotes will be trimmed or discarded, with a maximum of 250 words per quote, absent a consensus that exceptional circumstances exist (such as Abraham Lincoln's 272 word Gettysburg Address)." With all due respect, Mr. Fry appears to lack Lincoln's gift for concise expression, and I suspect none of these offerings have yet appeared in a history book, so I ask the enthusiasts for this man's work to find the topic or summarizing sentence for each of these efforts and trim this thing back to something that meets the purposes of Wikiquote. I placed the copyright notice too, since some of these excerpts are longer than many an opinion column in print or online. —Blanchette (talk) 07:35, 14 August 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]