w. somerset maugham Quotes

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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— W. Somerset Maugham
There's always one who loves and one who lets himself be loved.
— W. Somerset Maugham
As lovers, the difference between men and women is that women can love all day long, but men only at times.
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— W. Somerset Maugham
There is nothing so terrible as the pursuit of art by those who have no talent.
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— W. Somerset Maugham
Oh, it's always the same,' she sighed, 'if you want men to behave well to you, you must be beastly to them; if you treat them decently they make you suffer for it.
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— 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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— W. Somerset Maugham
The essence of the beautiful is unity in variety.
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— W. Somerset Maugham
One cannot find peace in work or in pleasure, in the world or in a convent, but only in one's soul.
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— W. Somerset Maugham
Nothing in the world is permanent, and we're foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we're still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it.
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— W. Somerset Maugham
Art is a manifestation of emotion, and emotion speaks a language that all may understand.
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— W. Somerset Maugham
I always find it more difficult to say the things I mean than the things I don't.
— W. Somerset Maugham
The secret to life is meaningless unless you discover it yourself.
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— W. Somerset Maugham
Life is so largely controlled by chance that its conduct can be but a perpetual improvisation.
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— W. Somerset Maugham
To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.
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— W. Somerset Maugham
Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.
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— W. Somerset Maugham
It wasn't until late in life that I discovered how easy it is to say, 'I don't know.'
— W. Somerset Maugham
There are men whose sense of humour is so ill developed that they still bear a grudge against Copernicus because he dethroned them from the central position in the universe. They feel it a personal affront that they can no longer consider themselves the pivot upon which turns the whole of created things.
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— 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.
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— 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.
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— W. Somerset Maugham
Love is what happens to men and women who don't know each other.
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— 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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— W. Somerset Maugham
I can imagine no more comfortable frame of mind for the conduct of life than a humorous resignation.
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— W. Somerset Maugham
There are few things so pleasant as a picnic eaten in perfect comfort.
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— W. Somerset Maugham
Only a mediocre person is always at his best.
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— W. Somerset Maugham
I'd sooner be smashed into a mangled pulp by a bus when we cross the street than look forward to a life like yours.
— W. Somerset Maugham
If a man hasn't what's necessary to make a woman love him, it's his fault, not hers.
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— W. Somerset Maugham
All the words I use in my stories can be found in the dictionary-it's just a matter of arranging them into the right sentences.
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— W. Somerset Maugham
There are two good things in life - freedom of thought and freedom of action.
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— W. Somerset Maugham
The fact that a great many people believe something is no guarantee of its truth.
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— W. Somerset Maugham
If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn't matter a damn how you write.
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— 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.
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— W. Somerset Maugham
The well dressed man is he whose clothes you never notice
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— W. Somerset Maugham
You know, of course, that the Tasmanians, who never committed adultery, are now extinct.
— W. Somerset Maugham
You can do anything in this world if you are prepared to take the consequences.
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— W. Somerset Maugham
An author spends months writing a book, and maybe puts his heart's blood into it, and then it lies about unread till the reader has nothing else in the world to do.
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— 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.
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— W. Somerset Maugham
There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
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— 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.
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— W. Somerset Maugham
How can I be reasonable? To me our love was everything and you were my whole life. It is not very pleasant to realize that to you it was only an episode.
— W. Somerset Maugham
It is dangerous to let the public behind the scenes. They are easily disillusioned and then they are angry with you, for it was the illusion they loved.
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— W. Somerset Maugham