W. Somerset Maugham Quotes

36 W. Somerset Maugham quotes:

"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."
"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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"If you want to eat well in England, eat three breakfasts."
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"When you choose your friends, don't be short-changed by choosing personality over character."
"Love is only a dirty trick played on us to achieve continuation of the species."
"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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"Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul."
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"Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young."
"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."
"It's a funny thing about life: if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it."
"Only a mediocre person is always at his best."
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"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."
"People who ask for your criticism want only praise."
"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."
"Common sense and nature will do a lot to make the pilgrimage of life not too difficult."
"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."
"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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"You can do anything in this world if you are prepares to take the consequences."
"By the time a man notices that he is no longer young, his youth has long since left him."
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