Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Quote of the day III

Stephen Fry:
There used to be mad, silly, prissy people who used to say that swearing was the sign of a poor vocabulary. That's such utter nonsense. The people I know who swear the most tend to have the widest vocabularies, and the kind of person who says that swearing is the sign of a poor vocabulary usually have a pretty poor vocabulary themselves.

Bravo! Fuckin' A Right!


Anonymous said...

*sigh* Mr. Fry is on his church lady tear again. Must be off his meds and enjoying his manic side. He knows that excessive cursing is characteristic of bipolar disorder:

"I always heard voices in my head saying what a useless bastard I am, but the voice is my own," says Stephen Fry. "It is my own voice, telling me what a worthless lump of shit I am."
One of Britain's best-loved actors and comedians, Fry spent years drinking vodka and taking cocaine to numb the internal anguish of his depression. "I'm actually kind of sobbing and kind of tearing at the walls inside my own brain while my mouth is, you know, wittering away in some amusing fashion," he says.

"The 49-year-old actor has been tormented by mental illness for much of his life. But he has never before spoken of it with such candour. This week for the first time, in a programme to be broadcast on BBC2, he bares his soul.

"He was first referred to a psychiatrist at Uppingham public school, where, he says, he was "in a constant state of edginess" and " impossible to handle".

"By the time he was 17, he was suicidal. "Everything that happens is because you are a cunt," he said. "That's because I'm a complete wanker, that's because I'm an arsehole, yes. You, you, you kind of almost have a Tourette's view of yourself."

"In a moment of despair, he tried to kill himself. He has wrestled with demons ever since. Now he lays his illness open to public scrutiny. "I want to speak out, to fight the public stigma and to give a clearer picture of a mental illness most people know little about."

"Fry had to wait until he was 37 before he was finally diagnosed with bipolar disorder, a condition characterised by soaring highs and despairing lows."

Mrs. P

Robbo said...


For I'll teach you all, ere long,
To refrain from language strong,
For I haven't any sympathy for ill-bred taunts!
(No more have his sisters nor his cousins nor his aunts!)

Andrew Stevens said...

Robbo won this post. Time to give up, FLG.

FLG said...

Never give in, never give in, never; never; never; never - in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.

Robbo said...

As Bugs Bunny says in that cartoon about the hats when Elmer Fudd emerges from the water with the MacArthur hat and pipe:

"Yikes! I've been outweighed!"

Well played, sir.

Andrew Stevens said...

I think Gilbert and Sullivan and Bugs Bunny trump Churchill and Stephen Fry.

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