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William Somerset Maugham quotes page 2

I do not believe they are right who say that the defects of famous men should be ignored. I
think it is better that we should know them. Then, though we are conscious of having faults
as glaring as theirs, we can believe that that is no hindrance to our achieving also something
of their virtues.
William Somerset Maugham

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

The future will one day be the present and will seem as unimportant as the present does
now.
William Somerset Maugham

If you don't change your beliefs, your life will be like this forever. Is that good news?
William Somerset Maugham

It was not till quite late in life that I discovered how easy it is to say: "I don't know."
William 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.
William Somerset Maugham

It is one of the defects of my character that I cannot altogether dislike anyone who makes
me laugh.
William Somerset Maugham

You know, there are two good things in life, freedom of thought and freedom of action.
William 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.
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The only important thing in a book is the meaning that it has for you.
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Death is a very dull, dreary affair, and my advice to you is to have nothing whatsoever to do
with it.
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The most useful thing about a principle is that it can always be sacrificed to expediency.
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Almost all the people who have had most effect on me I seem to have met by chance.
William Somerset Maugham

Man has always sacrificed truth to his vanity, comfort and advantage. He lives... by make-
believe.
William Somerset Maugham

It's always difficult to make conversation with a drunk, and there's no denying it, the sober
are at a disadvantage with him.
William Somerset Maugham

He had heard people speak contemptuously of money: he wondered if they had ever tried to
do without it.
William Somerset Maugham

There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
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Things don't get any easier by putting them off.
William 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.
William Somerset Maugham

To eat well in England, you should have a breakfast three times a day.
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Old age is ready to undertake tasks that youth shirked because they would take too long.
William Somerset Maugham

He knew that women appreciated neither irony nor sarcasm, but simple jokes and funny
stories. He was amply provided with both.
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There is no object to life. To nature nothing matters but the continuation of the species.
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It's asking a great deal that things should appeal to your reason as well as your sense of the
aesthetic.
William Somerset Maugham

A mother only does her children harm if she makes them the only concern of her life.
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It is an illusion that youth is happy, an illusion of those who have lost it; but the young know
they are wretched, for they are full of the truthless ideals which have been instilled into
them, and each time they come in contact with the real they are bruised and wounded.
William Somerset Maugham

As if a woman ever loved a man for his virtue.
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There's always one who loves and one who lets himself be loved.
William Somerset Maugham

When a woman loves you she's not satisfied until she possesses your soul. Because she's
weak, she has a rage for domination, and nothing less will satisfy her.
William Somerset Maugham

In art honesty is not only the best but the only policy.
William Somerset Maugham

Women are always glad to listen when you discourse upon love.
William Somerset Maugham

Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.
William Somerset Maugham

Life is so largely controlled by chance that its conduct can be but a perpetual improvisation.
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Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul.
William Somerset Maugham

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