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W. Somerset Maugham quotes: We are foolish and sentimental and melodramatic at twenty-five, but if we weren't perhaps we should be less wise at fifty. We are foolish and sentimental and melodramatic at twenty-five, but if we weren't perhaps we should be less wise at fifty.
W. Somerset Maugham quotes: Few misfortunes can befall a boy which bring worse consequence than to have a really affectionate mother. Few misfortunes can befall a boy which bring worse consequence than to have a really affectionate mother.
W. Somerset Maugham quotes: The love that lasts the longest is the love that is never returned The love that lasts the longest is the love that is never returned
W. Somerset Maugham quotes: The great trues are too important to be new. The great trues are too important to be new.
W. Somerset Maugham quotes: No affectation of peculiarity can conceal a commonplace mind. No affectation of peculiarity can conceal a commonplace mind.
W. Somerset Maugham quotes: The most useful thing about a principle is that it can always be sacrificed to expediency. The most useful thing about a principle is that it can always be sacrificed to expediency.
W. Somerset Maugham quotes: Art for art's sake makes no more sense than gin for gin's sake. Art for art's sake makes no more sense than gin for gin's sake.
W. Somerset Maugham quotes: No egoism is so insufferable as the Christian with regard to his soul. No egoism is so insufferable as the Christian with regard to his soul.
W. Somerset Maugham quotes: And he loved her suddenly because she loved him. And he loved her suddenly because she loved him.
W. Somerset Maugham quotes: I can imagine no more comfortable frame of mind for the conduct of life than a humorous resignation. I can imagine no more comfortable frame of mind for the conduct of life than a humorous resignation.
W. Somerset Maugham quotes: The secret to life is meaningless unless you discover it yourself. The secret to life is meaningless unless you discover it yourself.
W. Somerset Maugham quotes: Kant thought things, not because they were true, but because he was Kant. Kant thought things, not because they were true, but because he was Kant.
W. Somerset Maugham quotes: The fact is, I suppose, that it's not enough to have brains. The thing that counts is character. The fact is, I suppose, that it's not enough to have brains. The thing that counts is character.
W. Somerset Maugham quotes: I never spend more than one hour in a gallery. That is as long as one's power of appreciation persists. I never spend more than one hour in a gallery. That is as long as one's power of appreciation persists.
W. Somerset Maugham quotes: I happen to think we've set our ideal on the wrong objects; I happen to think that the greatest ideal man can set before himself is self-perfection. I happen to think we've set our ideal on the wrong objects; I happen to think that the greatest ideal man can set before himself is self-perfection.
W. Somerset Maugham quotes: Anyone can tell the truth, but only very few of us can make epigrams.W. Somerset Maugham Anyone can tell the truth, but only very few of us can make epigrams.
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W. Somerset Maugham quotes: Usage is the only test. I prefer a phrase that is easy and unaffected to a phrase that is grammatical. Usage is the only test. I prefer a phrase that is easy and unaffected to a phrase that is grammatical.
W. Somerset Maugham quotes: He mingled idleness and idealism so that he could not separate them. He mingled idleness and idealism so that he could not separate them.
W. Somerset Maugham quotes: They say that happy people have no history, and certainly a happy love has none. They did nothing all day long and yet the days seemed all too short. They say that happy people have no history, and certainly a happy love has none. They did nothing all day long and yet the days seemed all too short.
W. Somerset Maugham quotes: Writing is the supreme solace. Writing is the supreme solace.
W. Somerset Maugham quotes: Failure make people bitter and cruel. Success improves the character of the man. Failure make people bitter and cruel. Success improves the character of the man.
W. Somerset Maugham quotes: A good story is obviously a difficult thing to invent, but its difficulty is a poor reason for despising it. A good story is obviously a difficult thing to invent, but its difficulty is a poor reason for despising it.
W. Somerset Maugham quotes: The audience is a very curious animal. It is shrewd rather than intelligent. Its mental capacity is less than that of its most intellectual members. The audience is a very curious animal. It is shrewd rather than intelligent. Its mental capacity is less than that of its most intellectual members.
W. Somerset Maugham quotes: As we know, Christian charity has always been able to make allowances for a lot of good honest hatred, ... As we know, Christian charity has always been able to make allowances for a lot of good honest hatred, ...
W. Somerset Maugham quotes: Art should be appreciated with passion and violence, not with a tepid, depreciating elegance that fears the censoriousness of a common room. Art should be appreciated with passion and violence, not with a tepid, depreciating elegance that fears the censoriousness of a common room.
W. Somerset Maugham quotes: I never met an author who admitted that people did not buy his book because it was dull. I never met an author who admitted that people did not buy his book because it was dull.
W. Somerset Maugham quotes: In the midst of life we are in death one can never tell what may happen. In the midst of life we are in death
one can never tell what may happen.
W. Somerset Maugham quotes: I've met so many people, often the scum of the earth, and found them, you know, quite decent. I am an uncomfortable stranger to moral indignation. I've met so many people, often the scum of the earth, and found them, you know, quite decent. I am an uncomfortable stranger to moral indignation.
W. Somerset Maugham quotes: The drama is make-believe. It does not deal with truth but with effect. The drama is make-believe. It does not deal with truth but with effect.
W. Somerset Maugham quotes: It's only the boring who are bored. It's only the boring who are bored.
W. Somerset Maugham quotes: I'm one of the few persons I ever met who are able to learn from experience. I'm one of the few persons I ever met who are able to learn from experience.
W. Somerset Maugham quotes: We were staggered and immediately on the defensive, for she looked intellectual, and it made us feel shy. We were staggered and immediately on the defensive, for she looked intellectual, and it made us feel shy.
W. Somerset Maugham quotes: Common sense and nature will do a lot to make the pilgrimage of life not too difficult. Common sense and nature will do a lot to make the pilgrimage of life not too difficult.
W. Somerset Maugham quotes: It is a nuisance that knowledge can only be acquired by hard work. It is a nuisance that knowledge can only be acquired by hard work.
W. Somerset Maugham quotes: 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. 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: But if the folly of men made one angry one would pass one's life in a state of chronic ire. But if the folly of men made one angry one would pass one's life in a state of chronic ire.
W. Somerset Maugham quotes: He had heard people speak contemptuously of money: he wondered if they had ever tried to do without it. He had heard people speak contemptuously of money: he wondered if they had ever tried to do without it.
W. Somerset Maugham quotes: 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. 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 quotes: 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. 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 quotes: To the acute observer no one can produce the most casual work without disclosing the innermost secrets of his soul. To the acute observer no one can produce the most casual work without disclosing the innermost secrets of his soul.
W. Somerset Maugham quotes: Only a mediocre person is always at his best. Only a mediocre person is always at his best.
W. Somerset Maugham quotes: You cannot write unless you write much. You cannot write unless you write much.
W. Somerset Maugham quotes: It has amazed me that the most incongruous traits should exist in the same person and, for all that, yield a plausible harmony. It has amazed me that the most incongruous traits should exist in the same person and, for all that, yield a plausible harmony.
W. Somerset Maugham quotes: It was a pity that with his great qualities, his unselfishness and honor, his intelligence and sensibility, he should be so unlovable. It was a pity that with his great qualities, his unselfishness and honor, his intelligence and sensibility, he should be so unlovable.
W. Somerset Maugham quotes: The summer came upon the country like a conqueror. The summer came upon the country like a conqueror.
W. Somerset Maugham quotes: Whenever he started a book with two solitary travellers riding along the brink of a desperate ravine he knew he was safe. The Whenever he started a book with two solitary travellers riding along the brink of a desperate ravine he knew he was safe. The
W. Somerset Maugham quotes: I did not hesitate to put the question that came to the tip of my tongue. After all, if you want to know something the best way is to ask. I did not hesitate to put the question that came to the tip of my tongue. After all, if you want to know something the best way is to ask.
W. Somerset Maugham quotes: She was like a silvery flower of the night that only gave its perfume to the moonbeams. She was like a silvery flower of the night that only gave its perfume to the moonbeams.
W. Somerset Maugham quotes: He did not care upon what terms he satisfied his passion. He had even a mad, melodramatic idea to drug her. He did not care upon what terms he satisfied his passion. He had even a mad, melodramatic idea to drug her.
W. Somerset Maugham quotes: A God that can be understood is no God. Who can explain the Infinite in words? A God that can be understood is no God. Who can explain the Infinite in words?
W. Somerset Maugham quotes: I should have known that I wasn't meant for happiness and a life of ease. I have other work to do in the world. I should have known that I wasn't meant for happiness and a life of ease. I have other work to do in the world.
W. Somerset Maugham quotes: If a man hasn't what's necessary to make a woman love him, it's his fault, not hers. If a man hasn't what's necessary to make a woman love him, it's his fault, not hers.
W. Somerset Maugham quotes: Roy has always sincerely believed what everyone else believed at the moment. Roy has always sincerely believed what everyone else believed at the moment.
W. Somerset Maugham quotes: 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. 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 quotes: Did you really cease to love a person because you had been treated cruelly? Did you really cease to love a person because you had been treated cruelly?
W. Somerset Maugham quotes: Imagination's an odd thing, it dries up;[Episode] Imagination's an odd thing, it dries up;
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