William Somerset Maugham

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William Somerset Maugham

William Somerset Maugham

It seems that the creative faculty and the critical faculty cannot exist together in their highest perfection.More William Somerset Maugham [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More William Somerset Maugham [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
No egoism is so insufferable as that of the Christian with regard to his soul.More William Somerset Maugham [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
People who ask for your criticism want only praise.More William Somerset Maugham [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
For if the proper study of mankind is man, it is evidently more sensible to occupy yourself with the coherent, substantial and significant creatures of fiction than with the irrational and shadowy figures of real life.More William Somerset Maugham [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is dangerous to let the public behind the scenes. They are easily disillusioned and then they are angry with you, for it was the illusion they loved.More William Somerset Maugham [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
From the earliest times the old have rubbed it into the young that they are wiser than they, and before the young had discovered what nonsense this was they were old too, and it profited them to carry on the imposture.More William Somerset Maugham [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The unfortunate thing about this world is that the good habits are much easier to give up than the bad ones.More William Somerset Maugham [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The great critic must be a philosopher, for from philosophy he will learn serenity, impartiality, and the transitoriness of human things.More William Somerset Maugham [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
You are not angry with people when you laugh at them. Humor teaches tolerance.More William Somerset Maugham [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is well known that Beauty does not look with a good grace on the timid advances of Humor.More William Somerset Maugham [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Men have an extraordinarily erroneous opinion of their position in nature; and the error is ineradicable.More William Somerset Maugham [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More William Somerset Maugham [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Few misfortunes can befall a boy which bring worse consequences than to have a really affectionate mother.More William Somerset Maugham [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The world is quickly bored by the recital of misfortune, and willing avoids the sight of distress.More William Somerset Maugham [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Money is like a sixth sense without which you cannot make a complete use of the other five.More William Somerset Maugham [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Perfection has one grave defect. It is apt to be dull.More William Somerset Maugham [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Perfection is what American women expect to find in their husbands... but English women only hope to find in their butlers.More William Somerset Maugham [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is unfair to expect a politician to live in private up to the statements he makes in public.More William Somerset Maugham [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A man who is a politician at forty is a statesman at three score and ten. It is at this age, when he would be too old to be a clerk or a gardener or a police-court magistrate, that he is ripe to govern a country.More William Somerset Maugham [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If forty million people say a foolish thing it does not become a wise one, but the wise man is foolish to give them the lie.More William Somerset Maugham [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More William Somerset Maugham [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Sometimes a man hits upon a place to which he mysteriously feels that he belongs.More William Somerset Maugham [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Old age has its pleasures, which, though different, are not less than the pleasures of youth.More William Somerset Maugham [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More William Somerset Maugham [01/01/2000 12:01:00]

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