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Summary

W. Somerset Maugham was a famous Playwright from United Kingdom, who lived between January 25, 1874 and December 16, 1965.

Biography

William Somerset Maugham, best known as simply W. Somerset Maugham (born in Paris, died in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat near Nice) was an influential English writer.

During the First World War he was a secret agent in Russia, his spy novel Ashenden or The British Agent (1928) builds on this experience.

Among his most famous novels are Of Human Bondage (1915; "Life Links") and The Moon and Sixpence (1919: "The moon and silver coin").

He was among the most popular writers of his era and reputedly the highest paid author during the 1930s. In 1947 he Instituted The Somerset Maugham Award.

Zodiac etc.

He is born under the zodiac aquarius, who is known for Knowledge, Humanitarian, Serious, Insightful, Duplicitous. Our collection contains 70 quotes who is written / told by Somerset Maugham, under the main topics: Art, Death, Friendship, Imagination, Marriage.

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Famous quotes by W. Somerset Maugham (70)


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"The essence of the beautiful is unity in variety"
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"The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit"
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"Perfection has one grave defect: it is apt to be dull"
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"It wasn't until late in life that I discovered how easy it is to say "I don't know.""
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"We are not the same persons this year as last; nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person"
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"The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain, egotistic and self-complacent is erroneous; on the contrary it makes them, for the most part, humble, tolerant and kind"
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"The artist produces for the liberation of his soul. It is his nature to create as it is the nature of water to run down the hill"
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"It seems that the creative faculty and the critical faculty cannot exist together in their highest perfection"
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"She had a pretty gift for quotation, which is a serviceable substitute for wit"
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"Let us develop the resources of our land, call forth its powers, build up its institutions, promote all its great interests, and see whether we also, in our day and generation, may not perform something worthy to be remembered"
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"It is well known that Beauty does not look with a good grace on the timid advances of Humour"
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"We have long passed the Victorian Era when asterisks were followed after a certain interval by a baby"
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"Love is only a dirty trick played on us to achieve continuation of the species"
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"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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"You know what the critics are. If you tell the truth they only say you're cynical and it does an author no good to get a reputation for cynicism"
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"You can do anything in this world if you are prepared to take the consequences"
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"You are not angry with people when you laugh at them. Humor teaches tolerance"
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"Writing is the supreme solace"
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"When you are young you take the kindness people show you as your right"
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"There is no explanation for evil. It must be looked upon as a necessary part of the order of the universe. To ignore it is childish, to bewail it senseless"
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"There are two good things in life - freedom of thought and freedom of action"
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"There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are"
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"The writer of prose can only step aside when the poet passes"
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"The writer is more concerned to know than to judge"
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"The world is quickly bored by the recital of misfortune, and willing avoids the sight of distress"
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"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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"The trouble with young writers is that they are all in their sixties"
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"The most useful thing about a principle is that it can always be sacrificed to expediency"
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"The love that lasts longest is the love that is never returned"
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"People ask for criticism, but they only want praise"
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"Only a mediocre person is always at his best"
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"Old age is ready to undertake tasks that youth shirked because they would take too long"
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"Old age has its pleasures, which, though different, are not less than the pleasures of youth"
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"No egoism is so insufferable as that of the Christian with regard to his soul"
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"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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"Money is the string with which a sardonic destiny directs the motions of its puppets"
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"Money is like a sixth sense without which you cannot make a complete use of the other five"
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"Men have an extraordinarily erroneous opinion of their position in nature; and the error is ineradicable"
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"Marriage is a very good thing, but I think it's a mistake to make a habit out of it"
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"It is unsafe to take your reader for more of a fool than he is"
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"It is salutary to train oneself to be no more affected by censure than by praise"
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"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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"It is not true that suffering ennobles the character; happiness does that sometimes, but suffering for the most part, makes men petty and vindictive"
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"It is an illusion that youth is happy, an illusion of those who have lost it"
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"In the country the darkness of night is friendly and familiar, but in a city, with its blaze of lights, it is unnatural, hostile and menacing. It is like a monstrous vulture that hovers, biding its time"
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"In Hollywood, the women are all peaches. It makes one long for an apple occasionally"
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"Impropriety is the soul of wit"
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"If you want to eat well in England, eat three breakfasts"
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"If you don't change your beliefs, your life will be like this forever. Is that good news?"
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"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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"I'll give you my opinion of the human race in a nutshell... their heart's in the right place, but their head is a thoroughly inefficient organ"
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"I would sooner read a time-table or a catalogue than nothing at all. They are much more entertaining than half the novels that are written"
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"I made up my mind long ago that life was too short to do anything for myself that I could pay others to do for me"
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"I can imagine no more comfortable frame of mind for the conduct of life than a humorous resignation"
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"Have common sense and stick to the point"
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"Habits in writing as in life are only useful if they are broken as soon as they cease to be advantageous"
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"Few misfortunes can befall a boy which bring worse consequence than to have a really affectionate mother"
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"Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit"
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"Death doesn't affect the living because it has not happened yet. Death doesn't concern the dead because they have ceased to exist"
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"Considering how foolishly people act and how pleasantly they prattle, perhaps it would be better for the world if they talked more and did less"
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"Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger. There is really nothing to be said about it. It is like the perfume of a rose: you can smell it and that is all"
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"At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely"
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"Anyone can tell the truth, but only very few of us can make epigrams"
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"Any nation that thinks more of its ease and comfort than its freedom will soon lose its freedom; and the ironical thing about it is that it will lose its ease and comfort too"
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"An unfortunate thing about this world is that the good habits are much easier to give up than the bad ones"
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"Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young"
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"When you choose your friends, don't be short-changed by choosing personality over character"
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"Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul"
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"Death is a very dull, dreary affair, and my advice to you is to have nothing whatsoever to do with it"
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"A man marries to have a home, but also because he doesn't want to be bothered with sex and all that sort of thing"


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