To escape jury duty in England, wear a bowler hat and carry a copy of the Daily telegraph.

— John Mortimer

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All the flower children were as alike as a congress of accountants and about as interesting.

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No brilliance is needed in the law. Nothing but common sense, and relatively clean finger nails.

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Never believe a rumour until you hear it officially denied.

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The secret of good health and happiness is to have rather small illnesses throughout your life which you can rely on to stop you doing anything you don't want to do.

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Dying is a matter of slapstick and pratfalls.

The ageing process is not gradual or gentle. It rushes up, pushes you over and runs off laughing. No one should grow old who isn't ready to appear ridiculous.

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I suppose that writers should, in a way, feel flattered by the censorship laws.

They show a primitive fear and dread at the fearful magic of print.

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Farce is tragedy played at a thousand revolutions per minute.

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The only rule I have found to have any validity in writing is not to bore yourself.

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Marriage is like pleading guilty to an indefinite sentence. Without parole.

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What obsesses a writer starting out on a lifetime's work is the panic-stricken search for a voice of his own.

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The freedom to make a fortune on the stock exchange has been made to sound more alluring than freedom of speech.

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When you get to my age life seems little more than one long march to and from the lavatory.

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About John Mortimer

Quotes 53 sayings
Nationality English
Profession Novelist
Birthday October 16

A war against terrorism is an impracticable conception if it means fighting terrorism with terrorism.

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Check-ups are, in my experience, a grave mistake;

all they do is allow the quack of your choice to tell you that you have some sort of complaint that you were far happier not knowing about.

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Rumpole, you must move with the times.

" "If I don't like the way the times are moving, I shall refuse to accompany them.

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The worst fault of the working classes is telling their children they're not going to succeed, saying: There is life, but it's not for you.

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The law seems like a sort of maze through which a client must be led to safety, a collection of reefs, rocks, and underwater hazards through which he or she must be piloted.

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Murderers have usually killed the one person in the world that was bugging them and they're usually quite peaceful and agreeable.

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I knew nothing about farce until I read Puce a l'Oreille, and had no idea what a deadly serious business it is.

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The main aim of education should be to send children out into the world with a reasonably sized anthology in their heads so that, while seated on the lavatory, waiting in doctors' surgeries, on stationary trains or watching interviews with politicians, they may have something interesting to think about.

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We don't know much about the human conscience, except that it is soluble in alcohol.

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'Irritable Judges suffer from a bad case of premature adjudication.'

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No power on earth, however, can abolish the merciless class distinction between those who are physically desirable and the lonely, pallid, spotted, silent, unfancied majority.

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I don't believe in children's books. I think after you've read Kidnapped, Treasure Island, and Huckleberry Finn, you're ready for anything.

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I suppose true sexual equality will come when a general called Anthea is found having an unwise lunch with a young, unreliable model from Spain.

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The greatest horrors of our world are committed by people who are totally sincere.

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The shelf life of the modern hardback writer is somewhere between the milk and the yogurt.

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We may not be the creme de la creme, but we are the creme de la scum.

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I'd been told of all the things you're meant to feel when your father dies.

Sudden freedom, growing up, the end of dependence, the step into the sunlight when no one is taller than you and you're in no one's shadow. I know what I felt. Lonely.

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It is desperately important to remember when enough is enough, when you've finished the scene.

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The officers of the branch of the Force (the Obscene Publications Squad) have a discouraging club tie, on which a book is depicted being cut in half by a larger pair of scissors.

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On the three pigs he and his wife own: "We acquired the pigs last year.

My wife was born on a pig farm and has always been very fond of pigs. Of course, they are for eating, which is why they are named Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. You wouldn’t want to eat Rufus, Marcus and Esmeralda.

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The people look forbidding, solemn, marked by that impossible ideal, Communism, which, like Christianity, seemed to demand too much of humanity and, falling into the wrong hands, led too easily to horrible brutality.

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Do we want blanks, asterisks and exclamation marks which people can fill in with their own imaginations, or are we prepared and strong enough to tolerate, even if we do not approve, the strong Anglo-Saxon, realistic and vivid language?

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There's more of yourself in a book than a play.

that's why we know all about Dickens and not much about Shakespeare. Ben Jonson murdered people; Marlowe was a spy; Shakespeare just sat in the corner and took notes.

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The worst fault of the working classes is telling their children they're not going to succeed.

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I don't think you ever feel a success really because everything could always be done better than you've done it.

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The point at which beliefs meet may be more significant, more useful to contemplate, than their sources.

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My father, to whom I owe so much, never told me the difference between right and wrong; now I think that's why I remain so greatly in his debt.

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When... I told my father I wanted to be a writer, he had asked me to consider my unfortunate wife, who would have me about the house all day 'wearing a dressing gown, brewing tea and stumped for words'.

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The old middle-class prerogative of being permanently in a most filthy temper.

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Hell must be a place where you are only allowed to read what you agree with.

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Success is good for the character.

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I had inherited what my father called the art of the advocate, or the irritating habit of looking for the flaw in any argument.

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Like childhood, old age is irresponsible, reckless, and foolhardy.

Children and old people have everything to gain and nothing much to lose. It's middle-age which is cursed by the desperate need to cling to some finger-hold halfway up the mountain, to conform, not to cause trouble, to behave well....

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I refuse to spend my life worrying about what I eat.

There is no pleasure worth forgoing just for an extra three years in the geriatric ward.

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There is no pleasure worth forgoing just for an extra three years in the geriatric ward.

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There is always time for failure.

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Never shake hands with colleagues in court; the customers think you're making deals.

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