FEATURES: KENNETH MORE ON MORE

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On his father:

From him I inherit an easy-going attitude to life though not the casual attitude which was to bring  him twice to the edge of ruin. I am also indebted to him for a certain inventiveness of mind which has helped me in my career, and for memories of his prodigal and sometimes misplaced generosity. There was nothing small-minded or mean about him.” 

More or Less – Kenneth More, An Autobiography (Hodder & Stoughton)

Kenneth More's father, 'Bertie' in 1918 Royal Air Force uniform

Kenneth More’s father, ‘Bertie’ in 1918 Royal Air Force uniform

On his mother: 

“Life to her was what I always tried to make it for myself (sometimes without notable success) – a time to enjoy and to share with others of like mind. I am forever in her debt for this.” 

More or Less – Kenneth More, An Autobiography (Hodder & Stoughton)

Kenneth More (far right), his mother Winifred Edith, known as ‘Toppy (centre), and sister Kathleen (far left). Image courtesy of Kenneth’s daughter, Sarah

Kenneth More (far right), his mother Winifred Edith, known as ‘Toppy (centre), and sister Kathleen (far left). Image courtesy of Kenneth’s daughter, Sarah

On life: 

“our lives do have a set and definite pattern – if only we do not struggle against it. Sometimes we try so hard to achieve something that seems important at the time, and only years later do we realise that if we had but let events take their course, and been content to be carried on their tide, we would have achieved quite a different aim, for which we were probably better suited.” 

More or Less – Kenneth More, An Autobiography (Hodder & Stoughton)

On Reach For The Sky: 

Bader’s philosophy was my philosophy. His whole attitude to life was mine. I wanted this part, not just because I felt I could do full justice to it, but because it was an embodiment of my own belief that courage, faith and determination can overcome all obstacles.” 

More or Less – Kenneth More, An Autobiography (Hodder & Stoughton)

Click here for Kenneth More’s Desert Island Discs choices 1 and 2