Skip to Content

Quotes by John Mortimer

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

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

'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.'

'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.'

Search quotes