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Quotes by W. Somerset Maugham


Impropriety is the soul of wit.

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Only a mediocre person is always at his best.

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If you want to eat well in England, eat three breakfasts.

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Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.

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

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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.

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I can imagine no more comfortable frame of mind for the conduct of life than a humorous resignation.

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Tolerance is another word for indifference.

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

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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.

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

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The essence of the beautiful is unity in variety.

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The love that lasts longest is the love that is never returned.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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Death doesn't affect the living because it has not happened yet. Death doesn't concern the dead because they have ceased to exist.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely.

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