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Stephen Fry

Datum narození: 24. srpen 1957
Další jména: Стивен Фрай

Stephen John Fry je britský herec, komik, spisovatel, televizní moderátor a filmový režisér. Poprvé se kulturně zviditelnil televizní produkcí herecké skupiny Cambridge Footlights Review jménem The Cellar Tapes, jež se uskutečnila roku 1982.

Známým se stal převážně svou tvorbou s Hughem Lauriem v komickém duu známém jako Fry and Laurie. Nejznámějším televizním počinem této dvojice byl šestadvacetiepizodový televizní komediální seriál A Bit of Fry and Laurie sestávající z krátkých skečů. S Hughem Lauriem také hrál v televizním seriálu Jeeves and Wooster inspirovaném knihami P. G. Wodehouse.

Fry je také úspěšným spisovatelem. Na tomto poli debutoval roku 1991 románem The Liar. Další z jeho populárních knih byla například autobiografie pokrývající jeho prvních dvacet let života Moab is my Washpot, vydaná roku 1997.

V roce 2010 se rozešel po 14letém partnerském vztahu s Danielem Cohenem. Fry trpí bipolární poruchou a v roce 2012 se pokusil o sebevraždu. Na přelomu let 2014 a 2015 ohlásil zasnoubení s 27letým partnerem Elliottem Spencerem.

„Putin si z homosexuálů udělal obětního beránka stejně, jako kdysi Hitler z židů.“

„Je nyní velmi časté slyšet lidi říkat: "Jsem tím uražen" jako by jim to dávalo určitá práva. Je to prostě kňučení. Není to nic víc než kňučení. Nemá to smysl, nemá to účel, není důvod to respektovat jako frázi - "Já jsem tím tak uražen." No a co kurva?“

„Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators.“

„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.

Try to understand the blackness, lethargy, hopelessness, and loneliness they’re going through. Be there for them when they come through the other side. 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.“

„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.“ Moab Is My Washpot

„You are who you are when nobody's watching.“

„It's now very common to hear people say, 'I'm rather offended by that.' As if that gives them certain rights. It's actually nothing more... than a whine. 'I find that offensive.' It has no meaning; it has no purpose; it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. 'I am offended by that.' Well, so fucking what."

[, The Guardian, 5 June 2005]“

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

„Choking with dry tears and raging, raging, raging at the absolute indifference of nature and the world to the death of love, the death of hope and the death of beauty, I remember sitting on the end of my bed, collecting these pills and capsules together and wondering why, why when I felt I had so much to offer, so much love, such outpourings of love and energy to spend on the world, I was incapable of being offered love, giving it or summoning the energy with which I knew I could transform myself and everything around me.“ Moab Is My Washpot

„Stop feeling sorry for yourself and you will be happy.“

„The short answer to that is 'no.' The long answer is 'fuck no.“

„Certainly the most destructive vice if you like, that a person can have. More than pride, which is supposedly the number one of the cardinal sins - is self pity. Self pity is the worst possible emotion anyone can have. And the most destructive. It is, to slightly paraphrase what Wilde said about hatred, and I think actually hatred's a subset of self pity and not the other way around - ' It destroys everything around it, except itself '.

Self pity will destroy relationships, it'll destroy anything that's good, it will fulfill all the prophecies it makes and leave only itself. And it's so simple to imagine that one is hard done by, and that things are unfair, and that one is underappreciated, and that if only one had had a chance at this, only one had had a chance at that, things would have gone better, you would be happier if only this, that one is unlucky. All those things. And some of them may well even be true. But, to pity oneself as a result of them is to do oneself an enormous disservice.

I think it's one of things we find unattractive about the american culture, a culture which I find mostly, extremely attractive, and I like americans and I love being in america. But, just occasionally there will be some example of the absolutely ravening self pity that they are capable of, and you see it in their talk shows. It's an appalling spectacle, and it's so self destructive. 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 '. Use the rest of the book to write down your interesting thoughts and drawings, and that's what the book would be, and it would be true. And it sounds like 'Oh that's so simple', because it's not simple to stop feeling sorry for yourself, it's bloody hard. Because we do feel sorry for ourselves, it's what Genesis is all about.“

„Language is my whore, my mistress, my wife, my pen-friend, my check-out girl. Language is a complimentary moist lemon-scented cleansing square or handy freshen-up wipette. Language is the breath of God, the dew on a fresh apple, it's the soft rain of dust that falls into a shaft of morning sun when you pull from an old bookshelf a forgotten volume of erotic diaries; language is the faint scent of urine on a pair of boxer shorts, it's a half-remembered childhood birthday party, a creak on the stair, a spluttering match held to a frosted pane, the warm wet, trusting touch of a leaking nappy, the hulk of a charred Panzer, the underside of a granite boulder, the first downy growth on the upper lip of a Mediterranean girl, cobwebs long since overrun by an old Wellington boot.“

„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

„The English language is like London: proudly barbaric yet deeply civilised, too, common yet royal, vulgar yet processional, sacred yet profane. Each sentence we produce, whether we know it or not, is a mongrel mouthful of Chaucerian, Shakespearean, Miltonic, Johnsonian, Dickensian and American. Military, naval, legal, corporate, criminal, jazz, rap and ghetto discourses are mingled at every turn. The French language, like Paris, has attempted, through its Academy, to retain its purity, to fight the advancing tides of Franglais and international prefabrication. English, by comparison, is a shameless whore.“ The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within

„If I had a large amount of money I should certainly found a hospital for those whose grip upon the world is so tenuous that they can be severely offended by words and phrases and yet remain all unoffended by the injustice, violence and oppression that howls daily about our ears.“ Paperweight

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