Interviewer:Do you like the feeling of being in love?
Stephen Fry:I think the Latin poet Catullus put it best. I hate and I love. It's pain. In the literal sense it is pain. Exquisite pain, often. That thing that you would rather not have taken away from and yet does consume you. Poets have written volumes on the subject.
Interviewer:What about drawing on your own observations rather than those of poets?
Stephen Fry:But I do draw on poets for my own observations. That's my religion: art and poetry. Yes I can draw on my own experience but it's vindicated and corroborated by artists.
“Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.”—Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray (via dauthius)