W. Somerset Maugham (Writer)

#24948 W. Somerset Maugham

Do you know thatis one of the greatest pleasures in life? But it wants leisure. .

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes about life
#24949 W. Somerset Maugham

The tragedy of love is indifference. .

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes about love
#24950 W. Somerset Maugham

She gathered herself together. No one could describe the scorn of her expression or the contemptuous hatred she out into her answer. "You men! You filthy dirty pigs! You're all the same, all of you. Pigs! Pigs!" .

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes about men
#24951 W. Somerset Maugham

If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too. .

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes about freedom
#24952 W. Somerset Maugham

Theisn't only a sunny place for shady people. .

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes about people
#24953 W. Somerset Maugham

He knew that women appreciated neither irony nor sarcasm, but simple jokes and funny stories. He was amply provided with both. .

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes about funny
#24954 W. Somerset Maugham

Now the world in general doesn't know what to make of originality; it is startled out of its comfortable habits of thought, and its first reaction is one of anger. .

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes about art
#24955 W. Somerset Maugham

The trouble with our younger authors is that they are all in the sixties. The Observer, `Sayings of the Week', 14 Oct 1951 .

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes about author
#24956 W. Somerset Maugham

It is unsafe to take your reader for more of a fool than he is. .

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes about you
#24957 W. Somerset Maugham

What makes old age hard to bear is not the failing of one's faculties, mental and physical, but the burden of one's memories. .

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes about men
#24958 W. Somerset Maugham

What has influenced my life more than any other single thing has been my stammer. Had I not stammered I would probably... have gone to Cambridge as my brothers did, perhaps have become a don and every now and then published a dreary book about French literature. .

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes about life
#24959 W. Somerset Maugham

Dying is a very dull, dreary affair. And my advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it. .

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes about advice
#24960 W. Somerset Maugham

To eat well in England, you should have a breakfast three times a day. .

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes about time
#24961 W. Somerset Maugham

[Money] is the string with which a sardonic destiny directs the motions of its puppets. .

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes about destiny
#24962 W. Somerset Maugham

My own belief is that there is hardly anyone whose sexual life, if it were broadcast, would not fill the world at large with surprise and horror. .

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes about life
#24963 W. Somerset Maugham

A soul is a troublesome possession, and when man developed it he lost the Garden of Eden. .

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes about soul
#24964 W. Somerset Maugham

You know, there are two good things in life, freedom of thought and freedom of action. .

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes about life
#24965 W. Somerset Maugham

It is an illusion that youth is happy, an illusion of those who have lost it; but the young know they are wretched, for they are full of the truthless ideals which have been instilled into them, and each time they come in contact with the real they are bruised and wounded. .

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes about truth
#24966 W. Somerset Maugham

Like all weak men he laid an exaggerated stress on not changing one's mind. .

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes about mind
#24967 W. Somerset Maugham

Art... is merely the refuge which the ingenious have invented, when they were supplied with food and women, to escape the tediousness of life. .

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes about life
#24968 W. Somerset Maugham

I do not confer praise or blame: I accept. I am the measure of all things. I am the centre of the world. .

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes about world
#24969 W. Somerset Maugham

Men seek but one thing in life — their pleasure. .

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes about life
#24970 W. Somerset Maugham

People ask you for criticism, but they only want praise. .

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes about criticism
#24971 W. Somerset Maugham

There is nothing so degrading as the constant anxiety about one's means of livelihood...Money is like a sixth sense without which you cannot make a complete use of the other five. .

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes about live
#24972 W. Somerset Maugham

You will hear people say that poverty is the best spur to the artist. They have never felt the iron of it in their flesh. They do not know how mean it makes you. It exposes you to endless humiliation, it cuts your wings, it eats into your soul like a cancer. It is not wealth one asks for, but just enough to preserve one's dignity, to work unhampered, to be generous, frank, and independent. .

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes about art
#24973 W. Somerset Maugham

It is cruel to discover one's mediocrity only when it is too late. .

W. Somerset Maugham
#24974 W. Somerset Maugham

I daresay one profits more by the mistakes one makes off one's own bat than by doing the right thing on somebody's else advice. .

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes about advice
#24975 W. Somerset Maugham

Follow your inclinations with due regard to the policeman round the corner. .

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes about man
#24976 W. Somerset Maugham

There was an immeasurable distance between the quick and the dead: they did not seem to belong to the same species; and it was strange to think that but a little while before they had spoken and moved and eaten and laughed. .

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes about strange
#24977 W. Somerset Maugham

Of course it was cause and effect, but in the necessity with which follows the other lay all tragedy of life. .

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes about life
#24978 W. Somerset Maugham

Life wouldn't be worth living if I worried over the future as well as the present. When things are at their worst I find something always happens. .

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes about future
#24979 W. Somerset Maugham

When I read a book I seem to read it with my eyes only, but now and then I come across a passage, perhaps only a phrase, which has a meaning for me, and it becomes part of me. .

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes about art
#24980 W. Somerset Maugham

It's no use crying over spilt milk, because all of the forces of the universe were bent on spilling it. .

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes about universe
#24981 W. Somerset Maugham

But when all was said the important thing was to love rather than to be loved. .

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes about love
#24982 W. Somerset Maugham

There's always one who loves and one who lets himself be loved. .

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes about love
#24983 W. Somerset Maugham

It's asking a great deal that things should appeal to your reason as well as your sense of the aesthetic. .

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes about reason
#24984 W. Somerset Maugham

The rain fell alike upon the just and upon the unjust, and for nothing was there a why and a wherefore. .

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes about rain
#24985 W. Somerset Maugham

D'you call life a bad job? Never! We've had our ups and downs, we've had our struggles, we've always been poor, but it's been worth it, ay, worth it a hundred times I say when I look round at my children. .

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes about life
#24986 W. Somerset Maugham

He had heard people speak contemptuously of money: he wondered if they had ever tried to do without it. .

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes about people
#24987 W. Somerset Maugham

Page numbers used in this section are from the Penguin Classics edition (1993) .

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes about age
#24988 W. Somerset Maugham

I forget who it was that recommended men for their soul's good to do each day two things they disliked ... it is a precept that I have followed scrupulously; for every day I have got up and I have gone to bed. .

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes about soul
#24989 W. Somerset Maugham

Impropriety is the soul of wit. .

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes about soul
#24990 W. Somerset Maugham

Conscience is the guardian in the individual of the rules which the community has evolved for its own preservation. .

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes about science
#24991 W. Somerset Maugham

She saw shrewdly that the world is quickly bored by the recital of misfortune, and willingly avoids the sight of distress. .

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes about world
#24992 W. Somerset Maugham

It is not true that suffering ennobles the character; happiness does that sometimes, but suffering, for the most part, makes men petty and vindictive. .

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes about happiness
#24993 W. Somerset Maugham

I don't think of the past. The only thing that matters is the everlasting present. .

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes about past
#24994 W. Somerset Maugham

Life isn't long enough for love and art. .

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes about love
#24995 W. Somerset Maugham

The writer is more concerned to know than to judge. .

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes about writer
#24996 W. Somerset Maugham

A woman can forgive a man for the harm he does her...but she can never forgive him for the sacrifices he makes on her account. .

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes about man
#24997 W. Somerset Maugham

Sometimes people carry to such perfection the mask they have assumed that in due course they actually become the person they seem. .

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes about time

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