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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.

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

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

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    Only a mediocre person is always at his best.

    Excellence More
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    Anyone can tell the truth, but only very few of us can make epigrams.

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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.

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

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

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

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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 More
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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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    People who ask for your criticism want only praise.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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    Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.

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    Tolerance is only another name for indifference.

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

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

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    You know that the Tasmanians, who never committed adultery, are now extinct.

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    Few misfortunes can befall a boy which bring worse consequences than to have a really affectionate mother.

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

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

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

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    The writer is more concerned to know than to judge.

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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 More
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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.

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

    Books and Reading More
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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.

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

    Youth More
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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.

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

    Creativity More
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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.

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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.

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

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

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

    Love More
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    The great critic must be a philosopher, for from philosophy he will learn serenity, impartiality, and the transitoriness of human things.

    Literary criticism More
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    You are not angry with people when you laugh at them. Humor teaches tolerance.

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

    Humour More
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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 More
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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 More
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