W. Somerset Maugham

W. Somerset Maugham

William Somerset Maugham (25 January 1874 – 16 December 1965), better known as W. Somerset Maugham, was a British playwright, novelist and short story writer. He was among the most popular writers of his era and reputedly the highest-paid author during the 1930s.

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Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Things were easier for the old novelists who saw people all of a piece. Speaking generally their heroes were good through and through their villains wholly bad.

We know our friends by their defects rather than by their merits.

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.

People ask for criticism but they only want praise.

In Hollywood the women are all peaches. It makes one long for an apple occasionally.

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.

It is an illusion that youth is happy an illusion of those who have lost it.

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

Considering how foolishly people act and how pleasantly they prattle perhaps it would be better for the world if they talked more and did less.

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