W. Somerset Maugham quotes

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#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!" .

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#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. .

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#24952 W. Somerset Maugham

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

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#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. .

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#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. .

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#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 .

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#24956 W. Somerset Maugham

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

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#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. .

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#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. .

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#24960 W. Somerset Maugham

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

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#24961 W. Somerset Maugham

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

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#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. .

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#24963 W. Somerset Maugham

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

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#24964 W. Somerset Maugham

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

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#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. .

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#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. .

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#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. .

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#24973 W. Somerset Maugham

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

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#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. .

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