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W. Somerset Maugham
By Anonym 15 Sep

W. Somerset Maugham

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

W. Somerset Maugham

Tolerance is only another name for indifference.

By Anonym 15 Sep

W. Somerset Maugham

Women are strange little beasts,' he said to Dr. Coutras. 'You can treat them like dogs, you can beat them till your arm aches, and still they love you.' He shrugged his shoulders. 'Of course, it is one of the most absurd illusions of Christianity that they have souls.

By Anonym 14 Sep

W. Somerset Maugham

Simplicity and naturalness are the truest marks of distinction.

By Anonym 15 Sep

W. Somerset Maugham

We who are of mature age seldom suspect how unmercifully and yet with what insight the very young judge us.

By Anonym 14 Sep

W. Somerset Maugham

Never pause unless you have a reason for it, but when you pause, pause as long as you can.

By Anonym 16 Sep

W. Somerset Maugham

He would rather have misery with one than happiness with the other.

By Anonym 13 Sep

W. Somerset Maugham

I can only guess that it made the world he went back to...strangely without meaning. Though he lived in it, though he even enjoyed it, it remained utterly remote. I think it had lost sense for him. In his heart was the reflection of a lovely dream that he could never quite recall.

By Anonym 14 Sep

W. Somerset Maugham

The future will one day be the present and will seem as unimportant as the present does now.

By Anonym 13 Sep

W. Somerset Maugham

Art for art's sake makes no more sense than gin for gin's sake.

By Anonym 15 Sep

W. Somerset Maugham

There in the mist, enormous, majestic, silent and terrible, stood the Great Wall of China. Solitarily, with the indifference of nature herself, it crept up the mountain side and slipped down to the depth of the valley.

By Anonym 19 Sep

W. Somerset Maugham

The public are a lot of jackasses. If you yell and scream and throw yourself about you'll always get a lot of damned fools to shout themselves silly. Just barnstorming, that's what you've been doing the last four nights. It was false from beginning to end." "False? But I felt every word of it." "I don't care what you felt, you weren't acting it. Your performance was a mess. You were exaggerating; you were over-acting; you didn't carry conviction for a moment. It was about as rotten a piece of ham acting as I've ever seen in my life.

By Anonym 15 Sep

W. Somerset Maugham

Why did you look at the sunset?' Philip answered with his mouth full: Because I was happy.

By Anonym 18 Sep

W. Somerset Maugham

Patsy had asked him if he had had adventures in Paris and he had truthfully answered no. It was a fact that he had done nothing; his father thought he had had a devil of a time and was afraid he had contracted a venereal disease, and he hadn't even had a woman; only one thing had happened to him, it was rather curious when you came to think of it, and he didn't just then quite know what to do about it: the bottom had fallen out of his world.

By Anonym 13 Sep

W. Somerset Maugham

A state of reverie does not avoid reality, it accedes to reality.

By Anonym 13 Sep

W. Somerset Maugham

Comedy appeals to the collective mind of the audience and this grows fatigued; while farce appeals to a more robust organ, their collective belly.

By Anonym 14 Sep

W. Somerset Maugham

The great tragedy of life is not that men perish, but that they cease to love.

By Anonym 15 Sep

W. Somerset Maugham

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

W. Somerset Maugham

Perfection is a trifle dull. It is not the least of life's ironies that this, which we all aim at, is better not quite achieved.

By Anonym 15 Sep

W. Somerset Maugham

The nature of men and women - their essential nature - is so vile and despicable that if you were to portray a person as he really is, no one would believe you.

By Anonym 16 Sep

W. Somerset Maugham

How silly men were! Their part in procreation was so unimportant; it was the woman who carried the child through long months of uneasiness and bore it with pain, and yet a man because of his momentary connection made such preposterous claims. Why should that make any difference to him in his feelings towards the child?

By Anonym 14 Sep

W. Somerset Maugham

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

W. Somerset Maugham

A man filled with meat turns his back on the dry bones of political doctrine. Fanatical devotion to the ruling party comes more readily from the materially deprived At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely.

By Anonym 15 Sep

W. Somerset Maugham

The life force is vigorous. The delight that accompanies it counter-balances all the pains and hardships that confront men. It makes life worth living.

By Anonym 13 Sep

W. Somerset Maugham

I'd sooner be smashed into a mangled pulp by a bus when we cross the street than look forward to a life like yours.

By Anonym 15 Sep

W. Somerset Maugham

The subjunctive mood is in its death throes, and the best thing to do is to put it out of its misery as soon as possible.

By Anonym 13 Sep

W. Somerset Maugham

I don't think that women ought to sit down at table with men. It ruins conversation and I'm sure it's very bad for them. It puts ideas in their heads, and women are never at ease with themselves when they have ideas.

By Anonym 14 Sep

W. Somerset Maugham

One does not really feel much grief at other people's sorrows; one tries, and puts on a melancholy face, thinking oneself brutal for not caring more; but one cannot and it is better, for if one grieved too deeply at other people's tears, life would be unendurable; and every man has sufficient sorrows of his own without taking to heart his neighbour's.

By Anonym 14 Sep

W. Somerset Maugham

It is an illusion that youth is happy, an illusion of those who have lost it; but the young know they are wretched for they are full of the truthless ideals which have been instilled in them, and each time they come into contact with the real, they are bruised and wounded.

By Anonym 14 Sep

W. Somerset Maugham

It is cruel to discover one's mediocrity only when it is too late. It does not improve the temper.

By Anonym 18 Sep

W. Somerset Maugham

Schools are made for the average. The holes are all round, and whatever shape the pegs are they must wedge in somehow. One hasn't time to bother about anything but the average.

By Anonym 14 Sep

W. Somerset Maugham

Sentimentality is the only sentiment that rubs you the wrong way.

By Anonym 19 Sep

W. Somerset Maugham

What d'you suppose I care if I'm a gentleman or not? If I were a gentleman I shouldn't waste my time with a vulgar slut like you.

By Anonym 15 Sep

W. Somerset Maugham

This love was a torment, and he resented bitterly the subjugation in which it held him; he was a prisoner and he longed for freedom. Sometimes he awoke in the morning and felt nothing; his soul leaped, for he thought he was free; he loved no longer; but in a little while, as he grew wide awake, the pain settled in his heart, and he knew that he was not cured yet.

By Anonym 14 Sep

W. Somerset Maugham

Love is what happens to men and women who don't know each other.

By Anonym 16 Sep

W. Somerset Maugham

I have an idea that some men are born out of their due place. Accident has cast them amid strangers in their birthplace, and the leafy lanes they have known from childhood or the populous streets in which they have played remain but a place of passage. Sometimes a man hits upon a place to which he mysteriously feels that he belongs. Here is the home he sought, and he will settle amid scenes he has never seen before, among men he has never known, as though they were familiar to him from his birth. Here at last he finds rest.

By Anonym 13 Sep

W. Somerset Maugham

I don't understand anything. Life is so strange. I feel like some one who's lived all his life by a duck-pond and suddenly is shown the sea. It makes me a little breathless, and yet it fills me with elation. I don't want to die, I want to live. I'm beginning to feel a new courage. I feel like one of those old sailors who set sail for undiscovered seas and I think my soul hankers for the unknown.

By Anonym 13 Sep

W. Somerset Maugham

If it is necessary sometimes to lie to others, it is always despicable to lie to oneself.

By Anonym 14 Sep

W. Somerset Maugham

I was a stray acquaintance whom he had never seem before and would never see again, a wandered for a moment through his monotonous life, and some starved impulse left him to lay bare his soul. I have in this way learned more about men in a night than I could if I had known them for 10 years. If you are interested in human nature, it is one of the greatest pleasures of travel.

By Anonym 18 Sep

W. Somerset Maugham

The ideal has many names and beauty is but one of them.

By Anonym 13 Sep

W. Somerset Maugham

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

W. Somerset Maugham

A Unitarian very earnestly disbelieves what everyone else believes.

By Anonym 19 Sep

W. Somerset Maugham

They will not disappoint you, and you will look upon them more charitably. Men seek but one thing in life—their pleasure

By Anonym 13 Sep

W. Somerset Maugham

if you'd ever had a grown-up daughter you'd know that by comparison a bucking steer is easy to manage. And as to knowing what goes on inside her - well, it's much better to pretend you're the simple, innocent old fool she almost certainly takes you for.

By Anonym 15 Sep

W. Somerset Maugham

When a man's in love, he at once makes a pedestal of the Ten Commandments and stands on the top of them with his arms akimbo. When a woman's in love she doesn't care two straws for Thou Shalt and Thou Shalt Not.

By Anonym 15 Sep

W. Somerset Maugham

What makes old age hard to bear is not the failing of one's faculties, mental and physical, but the burden of one's memories.

By Anonym 16 Sep

W. Somerset Maugham

If death ends all, if I have neither to hope for good to come nor to fear evil, I must ask myself what I am here for and how in these circumstances I must conduct myself. Now the answer to one of these questions is plain, but it is so unpalatable that most men will not face it. There is no reason for living and life has no meaning. We are here, inhabitants for a little while of a small planet, revolving around a minor star which is in turn one of unnumbered galaxies... The astronomer tells us.... this planet will eventually reach a condition when living things can no longer exist upon it and at long last the universe will attain that final state of equilibrium in which nothing more can happen. Aeons and aeons before this man will have disappeared. Is it possible to suppose that it will matter then that he ever existed? He will have been a chapter in the history of the universe as pointless as the chapter in which is written the life stories of the strange creatures that inhabited the primeval earth.

By Anonym 15 Sep

W. Somerset Maugham

What mean and cruel things men can do for the love of God.

By Anonym 15 Sep

W. Somerset Maugham

There was an immeasurable distance between the quick and the dead: they did not seem to belong to the same species; and it was strange to think that but a little while before they had spoken and moved and eaten and laughed.

By Anonym 13 Sep

W. Somerset Maugham

An unfortunate thing about this world is that the good habits are much easier to give up than the bad ones.