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The The The Best W. Somerset Maugham Quotes

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

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

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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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    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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    Tolerance is only another name for indifference. Tolerance

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

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    Love is what happens to a man and woman who don't know each other. Love

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

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

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

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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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    Sometimes a man hits upon a place to which he mysteriously feels that he belongs. Association

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

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

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

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    Tradition is a guide and not a jailer. Tradition

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

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

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    From the earliest times the old have rubbed it into the young that they are wiser than they, and before the young had discovered what nonsense this was they were old too, and it profited them to carry on the imposture. Generations

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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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    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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    Hypocrisy is the most difficult and nerve-racking vice that any man can pursue; it needs an unceasing vigilance and a rare detachment of spirit. It cannot, like adultery or gluttony, be practiced at spare moments; it is a whole-time job. Hypocrisy

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    We know our friends by their defects rather than their merits. Friends and Friendship

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    If forty million people say a foolish thing it does not become a wise one, but the wise man is foolish to give them the lie. Public opinion

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

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    It is unfair to expect a politician to live in private up to the statements he makes in public. Politicians and Politics

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