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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)

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)

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)

What are your main assets as an actor…?

“Firstly, I have a voice that people can hear…

Secondly, that I have confidence, through experience…

Thirdly, that I’m a very emotional person, very very emotional, who still believes in magic, which I think is essential in the theatre…

And again I am an extrovert…I can deal with situations as they arise. And I have this gift, I suppose…of comedy timing, which is really the basis of all acting, because all lines have to be timed…I suppose those are my assets, my liabilities we won’t go into those…

…I wonder what the verdict of my own profession would be? I would like to hazard a guess: ‘same actor, different clothes!’”

Talking with Michael Henry Flanders OBE on Omnibus (BBC)