W. Somerset Maugham

Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul.W. Somerset Maugham

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The love that lasts longest is the love that is never returned.W. Somerset Maugham

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There are two good things in life - freedom of thought and freedom of action.W. Somerset Maugham

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

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

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

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There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.W. Somerset Maugham

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It is not true that suffering ennobles the character; happiness does that sometimes, but suffering for the most part, makes men petty and vindictive.W. Somerset Maugham

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Impropriety is the soul of wit.W. Somerset Maugham

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Love is only a dirty trick played on us to achieve continuation of the species.W. Somerset Maugham

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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

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Tolerance is another word for indifference.W. Somerset Maugham

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It wasn't until late in life that I discovered how easy it is to say, 'I don't know.'W. Somerset Maugham

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

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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.W. Somerset Maugham

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

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The world in general doesn't know what to make of originality; it is startled out of its comfortable habits of thought, and its first reaction is one of anger.W. Somerset Maugham

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The artist produces for the liberation of his soul. It is his nature to create as it is the nature of water to run down the hill.W. Somerset Maugham

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In the country the darkness of night is friendly and familiar, but in a city, with its blaze of lights, it is unnatural, hostile and menacing. It is like a monstrous vulture that hovers, biding its time.W. Somerset Maugham

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

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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.W. Somerset Maugham

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

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Like all weak men he laid an exaggerated stress on not changing one's mind.W. Somerset Maugham

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We learn resignation not by our own suffering, but by the suffering of others.W. Somerset Maugham

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There is no explanation for evil. It must be looked upon as a necessary part of the order of the universe. To ignore it is childish, to bewail it senseless.W. Somerset Maugham

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It is salutary to train oneself to be no more affected by censure than by praise.W. Somerset Maugham

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It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.W. Somerset Maugham

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Money is the string with which a sardonic destiny directs the motions of its puppets.W. Somerset Maugham

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Any nation that thinks more of its ease and comfort than its freedom will soon lose its freedom; and the ironical thing about it is that it will lose its ease and comfort too.W. Somerset Maugham

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You are not angry with people when you laugh at them. Humor teaches tolerance.W. Somerset Maugham

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