Stephen Fry says that the idea of death is never far from his mind.
The author, presenter and actor – who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 37 - has attempted to take his own life on numerous occasions.
“You think about death all the time even when you are not feeling suicidal,” he said. “You are constantly aware of death, your own death and how welcome it would be.
“When you feel you can’t go on, it’s not just a phrase. It’s absolutely real. It won’t leave you it’s always there niggling away.”
Fry says he still suffers from serious self-esteem issues.
“Oh, [my self-esteem] is absolute zero because I’m a complete w****r, and an a***hole,” he told Australian Yahoo. “You almost have a Tourette's view of yourself.”
Stephen Fry's Finest Quotes
Stephen Fry's Finest Quotes
1/19 On Being Bipolar
"There’s a moment in the film where I recognised that this was the last moment we filmed before this wave of depression came over me, and I was idiotic or victim enough, or whatever one wants to call it, of this mad compulsion."
2/19 On Taking Cocaine At Buckingham Palace
"I take this opportunity to apologise unreservedly, to the owners, managers or representatives of the noble and ignoble premises and to the hundreds of private homes, offices, car dashboards, tables, mantelpieces and available polished surfaces that could so easily have been added to this list of shame."
3/19 On His Age
"I don't need you to remind me of my age. I have a bladder to do that for me."
4/19 On Swearing
"It would be impossible to imagine going through life without swearing and without enjoying swearing."
5/19 On TV
"I don't watch television. It destroys the art of talking about oneself."
6/19 On Happiness
"Having a great intellect is no path to being happy."
7/19 On Technology
"One technology doesn't replace another, it complements. Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators."
8/19 On Being On Stage
"You are who you are when nobody's watching."
9/19 On Education
"Education is the sum of what students teach each other between lectures and seminars."
10/19 On Creativity
"An original idea. That can't be too hard. The library must be full of them."
11/19 On Journalism
"Many people would no more think of entering journalism than the sewage business - which at least does us all some good."
12/19 On Love
"Love in all eight tones and all five semitones of the word's full octave."
13/19 On The English Accent
"A cut glass English accent can fool unsuspecting Americans into detecting a brilliance that isn't there."
14/19 On Being An Author
"I get an urge, like a pregnant elephant, to go away and give birth to a book."
15/19 On Homosexuality
"I’ve never wanted one extra gay person in the world, there are plenty of us around."
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16/19 On Christmas
"Christmas to a child is the first terrible proof that to travel hopefully is better to arrive."
17/19 On Clichés
"It is a cliché that most clichés are true, but then like most clichés, that cliché is untrue. Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will always hurt me."
18/19 On Smoking
"I think I have always linked smoking and sex. Maybe this is where I have been going wrong all my life."
19/19 On Homophobia
"Homosexuals are not interested in making other people homosexuals. Homophobes are interested in making other people homophobic."
He is known for his ardent campaigning in raising awareness and changing wrong perceptions of mental health issues, becoming president of charity Mind in 2011.
He has recently released his third memoir, entitled More Fool Me, in which he discusses his battle with cocaine, which he used as a way of coping with certain social situations.
“I have never hated anybody or anything or any place as much as I hate parties,” he said.
“I discovered the only way to survive them was to disappear into the men's room, come back with a 'refresher' in my nose and then I could just talk and talk and talk, and smile and smile and smile, and laugh and laugh and laugh.”Reuse content