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William Somerset Maugham quotes page 3

A good style should show no signs of effort. What is written should seem a happy accident.
William Somerset Maugham

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. Failure makes people bitter and cruel.
William Somerset Maugham

You know, of course, that the Tasmanians, who never committed adultery, are now extinct.
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A soul is a troublesome possession, and when man developed it he lost the Garden of Eden.
William Somerset Maugham

Impropriety is the soul of wit.
William Somerset Maugham

What mean and cruel things men can do for the love of God.
William Somerset Maugham

A woman can forgive a man for the harm he does her... but she can never forgive him for the
sacrifices he makes on her account.
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It is cruel to discover one's mediocrity only when it is too late.
William 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.
William Somerset Maugham

It's no use crying over spilt milk, because all of the forces of the universe were bent on
spilling it.
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A God that can be understood is no God. Who can explain the Infinite in words?
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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. If change is of the essence
of existence one would have thought it only sensible to make it the premise of our
philosophy.
William Somerset Maugham

I don't think of the past. The only thing that matters is the everlasting present.
William Somerset Maugham

It is unsafe to take your reader for more of a fool than he is.
William Somerset Maugham

A man marries to have a home, but also because he doesn't want to be bothered with sex
and all that sort of thing.
William Somerset Maugham

I do not confer praise or blame: I accept. I am the measure of all things. I am the centre of
the world.
William Somerset Maugham

My own belief is that there is hardly anyone whose sexual life, if it were broadcast, would not
fill the world at large with surprise and horror.
William Somerset Maugham

Love is only a dirty trick played on us to achieve continuation of the species.
William 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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I always find it more difficult to say the things I mean than the things I don't.
William Somerset Maugham

Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger. There is really nothing to be said about it. It
is like the perfume of a rose: you can smell it and that is all.
William Somerset Maugham

Follow your inclinations with due regard to the policeman round the corner.
William Somerset Maugham

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