Did you know who John Mortimer was, prior to today? I didn’t, but these quotes were amusing.
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.
If I don’t like the way the times are moving, I shall refuse to accompany them.
I found criminal clients easy and matrimonial clients hard. Matrimonial clients hate each other so much and use their children to hurt each other in beastly ways. Murderers have usually killed the one person in the world that was bugging them and they’re usually quite peaceful and agreeable.
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.
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.
No brilliance is needed in the law. Nothing but common sense, and relatively clean finger nails.
We don’t know much about the human conscience, except that it is soluble in alcohol.
All from John Mortimer, 1923 – 2009
—John Clifford Mortimer was born at Hampstead, London on this day in 1923, the son of a barrister. After Harrow he entered Brasenose College, Oxford, then worked for the Crown Film Unit when he was barred from military service due to his poor eyesight, writing his first dramatic scripts. He was called to the bar in 1948, handling wills and divorces, then “took silk” in 1966, moving into criminal law but also gaining prominence as a defender of publishers and book sellers in obscenity cases. He wrote in the mornings before court, most notably of the combative curmudgeonly Horace Rumpole, which allowed him to retire from the law in 1984.
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Some days I just skim, some I open and and feel a kinship to the author. “Heh. I could’ve written that one. My sentiments exactly.” This was one of the latter types of days. 🙂 Hope your day is lovely. It’s SUDDENLY SUMMER here. Low 60s until yesterday. Today should be 93. Whew.
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