W. Somerset Maugham Quotes

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An unfortunate thing about this world is that the good habits are much easier to give up than the bad ones.
W. Somerset Maugham

Anyone can tell the truth, but only very few of us can make epigrams.
W. Somerset Maugham

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes
W. Somerset Maugham Quotes
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.
W. Somerset Maugham

Death is a very dull, dreary affair, and my advice to you is to have nothing whatsoever to do with it.
W. Somerset Maugham

Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.
W. Somerset Maugham

Have common sense and stick to the point.
W. Somerset Maugham

I would sooner read a time-table or a catalogue than nothing at all. They are much more entertaining than half the novels that are written.
W. Somerset Maugham

If you don't change your beliefs, your life will be like this forever. Is that good news?
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If you want to eat well in England, eat three breakfasts.
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Impropriety is the soul of wit.
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It is an illusion that youth is happy, an illusion of those who have lost it.
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It is salutary to train oneself to be no more affected by censure than by praise.
W. Somerset Maugham

It is well known that Beauty does not look with a good grace on the timid advances of Humour.
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

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.
W. Somerset Maugham

Like all weak men he laid an exaggerated stress on not changing one's mind.
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Marriage is a very good thing, but I think it's a mistake to make a habit out of it.
W. Somerset Maugham

Money is like a sixth sense without which you cannot make a complete use of the other five.
W. Somerset Maugham

No egoism is so insufferable as that of the Christian with regard to his soul.
W. Somerset Maugham

Only a mediocre person is always at his best.
W. Somerset Maugham

Perfection has one grave defect: it is apt to be dull.
W. Somerset Maugham

The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit.
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The crown of literature is poetry.
W. Somerset Maugham

The love that lasts longest is the love that is never returned.
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The trouble with young writers is that they are all in their sixties.
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The writer is more concerned to know than to judge.
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There are two good things in life - freedom of thought and freedom of action.
W. Somerset Maugham

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

We have long passed the Victorian Era when asterisks were followed after a certain interval by a baby.
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What has influenced my life more than any other single thing has been my stammer. Had I not stammered I would probably... have gone to Cambridge as my brothers did, perhaps have become a don and every now and then published a dreary book about French literature.
W. Somerset Maugham

When you choose your friends, don't be short-changed by choosing personality over character.
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Writing is the supreme solace.
W. Somerset Maugham

You can do anything in this world if you are prepared to take the consequences.
W. Somerset Maugham
 
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