John Mortimer


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Sir John Clifford Mortimer (21 April 1923 – 16 January 2009) was a British barrister, dramatist, screenwriter and author.

Mortimer was born in Hampstead, London, the only child of Kathleen May (née Smith) and Clifford Mortimer, a barrister who became blind in 1936, when he banged his head on a tree branch, but still pursued his career. His father's loss of sight was not acknowledged ... more »

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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."''
    John Mortimer (b. 1923), British barrister, novelist. Daily Mail (London, May 31, 1988).
  • ''When you get to my age life seems little more than one long march to and from the lavatory.''
    John Mortimer (b. 1923), British barrister, novelist. Haverford Downs, in Summer's Lease, pt. 2, ch. 3 (1988).
  • ''The freedom to make a fortune on the Stock Exchange has been made to sound more alluring than freedom of speech.''
    John Mortimer (b. 1923), British barrister, novelist. quoted in Independent (London, Oct. 29, 1988).
  • ''The shelf life of the modern hardback writer is somewhere between the milk and the yoghurt.''
    John Mortimer (b. 1923), British barrister, novelist. quoted in Sunday Times (London, Dec. 27, 1987).
  • ''Farce is tragedy played at a thousand revolutions per minute.''
    John Mortimer (b. 1923), British barrister, novelist. Times (London, Sept. 9, 1992).
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