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W. Somerset Maugham
January 25, 1874 - December 16, 1965
Nationality: British
Category: Playwright
Subcategory: British Playwright

The writer of prose can only step aside when the poet passes.


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.


Men have an extraordinarily erroneous opinion of their position in nature; and the error is ineradicable.


Only a mediocre person is always at his best.


To eat well in England, you should have a breakfast three times a day.


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


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.


When I read a book I seem to read it with my eyes only, but now and then I come across a passage, perhaps only a phrase, which has a meaning for me, and it becomes part of me.


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


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


Have common sense and stick to the point.


The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit.


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


The world is quickly bored by the recital of misfortune, and willing avoids the sight of distress.


It's very hard to be a gentleman and a writer.


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.


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


Habits in writing as in life are only useful if they are broken as soon as they cease to be advantageous.


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.


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


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