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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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    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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    Only a mediocre person is always at his best. Excellence

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

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

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    Tradition is a guide and not a jailer. Tradition

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

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

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    There are two good things in life -- freedom of thought and freedom of action. 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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    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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    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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    I can imagine no more comfortable frame of mind for the conduct of life than a humorous resignation. Resignation

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

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

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

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    Tolerance is only another name for indifference. Tolerance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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    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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