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A list of the best W. Somerset Maugham quotes. This list is arranged by which famous W. Somerset Maugham quotes have received the most votes, so only the greatest W. Somerset Maugham quotes are at the top of the list. All the most popular quotes from W. Somerset Maugham should be listed here, but if any were missed you can add more at the end of the list. This list includes notable W. Somerset Maugham quotes on various subjects, many of which are inspirational and thought provoking.

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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. Expectation

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    I made up my mind long ago that life was too short to do anything for myself that I could pay others to do for me. Effort

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    Only a mediocre person is always at his best. Excellence

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

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    American women expect to find in their husbands a perfection that English women only hope to find in their butlers. Perfection

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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. Failure makes people bitter and cruel. Success

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    What has influenced my life more than any other single thing has been my stammer. Had I not stammered I would probably... have gone to Cambridge as my brothers did, perhaps have become a don and every now and then published a dreary book about French literature. Speech

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    You are not angry with people when you laugh at them. Humor teaches tolerance. Laughter

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    Perfection has one grave defect. It is apt to be dull. Perfection

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    Anyone can tell the truth, but only very few of us can make epigrams. Aphorisms and Epigrams

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

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

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    There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately no one knows what they are. Writers and Writing

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    When I was young I was amazed at Plutarch's statement that the elder Cato began at the age of eighty to learn Greek. I am amazed no longer. Old age is ready to undertake tasks that youth shirked because they would take too long. Age and Aging

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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. Freedom

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    I've always been interested in people, but I've never liked them. People

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    Death is a very dull, dreary affair, and my advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it. Death and Dying

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    You can do anything in this world if you are prepares to take the consequences. Consequences

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

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    People who ask for your criticism want only praise. Critics and Criticism

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

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    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. Perfection

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    The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit. Quotation

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

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    It is an illusion that youth is happy, an illusion of those who has lost it. Youth

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    Tradition is a guide and not a jailer. Tradition

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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. Suffering

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

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    Old age is ready to undertake tasks that youth shirked because they would take too long. Age and Aging

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    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. Age and Aging

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    If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom: and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that, too. Freedom

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    The complete life, the perfect pattern, includes old age as well as youth and maturity. The beauty of the morning and the radiance of noon are good, but it would be a very silly person who drew the curtains and turned on the light in order to shut out the tranquillity of the evening. Old age has its pleasures, which, though different, are not less than the pleasures of youth. Age and Aging

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    It is dangerous to let the public behind the scenes. They are easily disillusioned and then they are angry with you, for it was the illusion they loved. Fame

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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. Evil

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    Old age has its pleasures, which, though different, are not less than the pleasures of youth. Age and Aging

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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. Beauty

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    I am told that today rather more than 60 per cent of the men who go to university go on a Government grant. This is a new class that has entered upon the scene. It is the white-collar proletariat. They do not go to university to acquire culture but to get a job, and when they have got one, scamp it. They have no manners and are woefully unable to deal with any social predicament. Their idea of a celebration is to go to a public house and drink six beers. They are mean, malicious and envious . They are scum. Colleges and Universities

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    The writer is more concerned to know than to judge. Writers and Writing

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    The trouble with young writers is that they are all in their sixties. Writers and Writing

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    Common sense and nature will do a lot to make the pilgrimage of life not too difficult. Common sense

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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. Death and Dying

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

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    It seems that the creative faculty and the critical faculty cannot exist together in their highest perfection. Creativity

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

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    You know what the critics are. If you tell the truth they only say you're cynical and it does an author no good to get a reputation for cynicism. Critics and Criticism

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    No one can write a best seller by trying to. He must write with complete sincerity; the clich?s that make you laugh, the hackneyed characters, the well-worn situations, the commonplace story that excites your derision, seem neither hackneyed, well worn nor commonplace to him. The conclusion is obvious: you cannot write anything that will convince unless you are yourself convinced. The best seller sells because he writes with his heart's blood. Books - Bestsellers

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    I would sooner read a timetable or a catalog than nothing at all. Books and Reading

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    Lady Hodmarsh and the duchess immediately assumed the clinging affability that persons of rank assume with their inferiors in order to show them that they are not in the least conscious of any difference in station between them. Class

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    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. Fiction

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    Common-sense appears to be only another name for the thoughtlessness of the unthinking. It is made of the prejudices of childhood, the idiosyncrasies of individual character and the opinion of the newspapers. Common sense

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