W. Somerset Maugham Quotes


36 W. Somerset Maugham quotes:



"Common-sense appears to be only another name for the thoughtlessness of the unthinking. It is made of the prejudices of childhood, the idiosyncrasies of individual character and the opinion of the newspapers."
"The unfortunate thing about this world is that the good habits are much easier to give up than the bad ones."
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"We know our friends by their defects rather than their merits."
"Hypocrisy is the most difficult and nerve-racking vice that any man can pursue; it needs an unceasing vigilance and a rare detachment of spirit. It cannot, like adultery or gluttony, be practiced at spare moments; it is a whole-time job."
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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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"There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately no one knows what they are."
"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."
"By the time a man notices that he is no longer young, his youth has long since left him."
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"You are not angry with people when you laugh at them. Humor teaches tolerance."
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"The trouble with young writers is that they are all in their sixties."
"The writer is more concerned to know than to judge."
"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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"You can do anything in this world if you are prepares to take the consequences."
"I am told that today rather more than 60 per cent of the men who go to university go on a Government grant. This is a new class that has entered upon the scene. It is the white-collar proletariat. They do not go to university to acquire culture but to get a job, and when they have got one, scamp it. They have no manners and are woefully unable to deal with any social predicament. Their idea of a celebration is to go to a public house and drink six beers. They are mean, malicious and envious . They are scum."
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"Common sense and nature will do a lot to make the pilgrimage of life not too difficult."
"If you want to eat well in England, eat three breakfasts."
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"The complete life, the perfect pattern, includes old age as well as youth and maturity. The beauty of the morning and the radiance of noon are good, but it would be a very silly person who drew the curtains and turned on the light in order to shut out the tranquillity of the evening. Old age has its pleasures, which, though different, are not less than the pleasures of youth."
"When you choose your friends, don't be short-changed by choosing personality over character."
"It is funny about life: if you refuse to accept anything but the very best you will very often get it."
"If a man should importune me to give a reason why I loved him, I find it could no otherwise be expressed, than by making answer: because it was he, because it was I."



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