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W. Somerset Maugham Quotes and Sayings
Quotes by W. Somerset Maugham

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It's a funny thing about life;
if you refuse to accept anything but the best,
you very often get it.
- W. Somerset Maugham

Related topics: Life Human-Nature Psychology

Death is a very dull, dreary affair,
and my advice to you is to have nothing whatsoever to do with it.
- W. Somerset Maugham

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.
- W. Somerset Maugham

To eat well in England, you should have a breakfast three times a day.
- W. Somerset Maugham

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Every production of an artist should be the expression
of an adventure of his soul.
- W. Somerset Maugham

Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief,
is more powerful in the mature than in the young.
- W. Somerset Maugham

When you choose your friends, don't be short-changed
by choosing personality over character.
- W. Somerset Maugham


 

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.
- W. Somerset Maugham

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.
- W. Somerset Maugham

It's very hard to be a gentleman and a writer.
- W. Somerset Maugham

It is salutary to train oneself to be no more affected
by censure than by praise.
- W. Somerset Maugham

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.
- W. Somerset Maugham

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.
- W. Somerset Maugham

We know our friends by their defects rather than by their merits.
- W. Somerset Maugham

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

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

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

Few misfortunes can befall a boy which bring worse
consequence than to have a really affectionate mother.
- W. Somerset Maugham

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.
- W. Somerset Maugham

You are not angry with people when you laugh at them.
Humor teaches tolerance.
- W. Somerset Maugham

It seems that the creative faculty and the critical
faculty cannot exist together in their highest perfection.
- W. Somerset Maugham

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.
- 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

Writing is the supreme solace.
- W. Somerset Maugham

The love that lasts longest is the love that is never returned.
- W. Somerset Maugham

Things were easier for the old novelists who saw people all of a piece.
Speaking generally, their heroes were good through and through,
their villains wholly bad.
- W. Somerset Maugham

I can imagine no more comfortable frame of mind for
the conduct of life than a humorous resignation.
- 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

Old age has its pleasures, which, though different,
are not less than the pleasures of youth.
- W. Somerset Maugham

Excess on occasion is exhilarating.
It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.
- W. Somerset Maugham

The most useful thing about a principle is that it
can always be sacrificed to expediency.
- W. Somerset Maugham

Money is like a sixth sense without which you cannot
make a complete use of the other five.
- W. Somerset Maugham

Love is only a dirty trick played on us
to achieve continuation of the species.
- W. Somerset Maugham

In Hollywood, the women are all peaches.
It makes one long for an apple occasionally.
- W. Somerset Maugham

The writer of prose can only step aside when the poet passes.
- W. Somerset Maugham

She had a pretty gift for quotation,
which is a serviceable substitute for wit.
- W. Somerset Maugham

The trouble with young writers is that they are all in their sixties.
- W. Somerset Maugham

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.
- W. Somerset Maugham

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.
- W. Somerset Maugham

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.
- W. Somerset Maugham

Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.
- W. Somerset Maugham

The world is quickly bored by the recital of misfortune,
and willing avoids the sight of distress.
- W. Somerset Maugham

We have long passed the Victorian Era when asterisks
were followed after a certain interval by a baby.
- W. Somerset Maugham

Sentimentality is the only sentiment that rubs you the wrong way.
- 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

Only a mediocre person is always at his best.
- W. Somerset Maugham

Perfection has one grave defect: it is apt to be dull.
- W. Somerset Maugham

The great American novel has not only already been written,
it has already been rejected.
- W. Somerset Maugham

Perfection is a trifle dull.
It is not the least of life's ironies that this,
which we all aim at, is better not quite achieved.
- W. Somerset Maugham

Habits in writing as in life are only useful if they
are broken as soon as they cease to be advantageous.
- W. Somerset Maugham

Men have an extraordinarily erroneous opinion of their position in nature;
and the error is ineradicable.
- W. Somerset Maugham

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.
- W. Somerset Maugham

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.
- W. Somerset Maugham

It is unsafe to take your reader for more of a fool than he is.
- W. Somerset Maugham

No egoism is so insufferable as that of the Christian with regard to his soul.
- W. Somerset Maugham

There are three rules for writing a novel.
Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
- W. Somerset Maugham

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

Have common sense and stick to the point.
- 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

At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well,
and talk well but not too wisely.
- W. Somerset Maugham

It is an illusion that youth is happy,
an illusion of those who have lost it.
- W. Somerset Maugham

It is well known that Beauty does not look with a good
grace on the timid advances of Humour.
- W. Somerset Maugham

When you are young you take the kindness people show you as your right.
- W. Somerset Maugham

It's no good trying to keep up old friendships.
It's painful for both sides.
The fact is, one grows out of people,
and the only thing is to face it.
- W. Somerset Maugham

Marriage is a very good thing, but I think it's a mistake
to make a habit out of it.
- W. Somerset Maugham

Money is the string with which a sardonic destiny directs
the motions of its puppets.
- W. Somerset Maugham

The writer is more concerned to know than to judge.
- W. Somerset Maugham

There is only one thing about which I am certain,
and that is that there is very little
about which one can be certain.
- W. Somerset Maugham

It was such a lovely day I thought it a pity to get up.
- W. Somerset Maugham

The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit.
- W. Somerset Maugham


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