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W. Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)
English dramatist & novelist [more author details]
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We do not write because we want to; we write because we have to.
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W. Somerset Maugham
When you have loved as she has loved, you grow old beautifully.
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Like all weak men he laid an exaggerated stress on not changing one's mind.
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W. Somerset Maugham, "Of Human Bondage", 1915
People ask for criticism, but they only want praise.
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W. Somerset Maugham, "Of Human Bondage", 1915
Art is merely the refuge which the ingenious have invented, when they were supplied with food and women, to escape the tediousness of life.
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W. Somerset Maugham, 'Of Human Bondage', 1915
D'you call life a bad job? Never! We've had our ups and downs, we've had our struggles, we've always been poor, but it's been worth it, ay, worth it a hundred times I say when I look round at my children.
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W. Somerset Maugham, 'Of Human Bondage', 1915
Follow your inclinations with due regard to the policeman round the corner.
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W. Somerset Maugham, 'Of Human Bondage', 1915
He had heard people speak contemptuously of money: he wondered if they had ever tried to do without it.
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W. Somerset Maugham, 'Of Human Bondage', 1915
I daresay one profits more by the mistakes one makes off one's own bat than by doing the right thing on somebody's else advice.
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W. Somerset Maugham, 'Of Human Bondage', 1915
I do not confer praise or blame: I accept. I am the measure of all things. I am the centre of the world.
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W. Somerset Maugham, 'Of Human Bondage', 1915
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 ideal which have been instilled into them, and each time they come in contact with the real, they are bruised and wounded.
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W. Somerset Maugham, 'Of Human Bondage', 1915
It is cruel to discover one's mediocrity only when it is too late.
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W. Somerset Maugham, 'Of Human Bondage', 1915
It is not wealth one asks for, but just enough to preserve one's dignity, to work unhampered, to be generous, frank and independent.
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W. Somerset Maugham, 'Of Human Bondage', 1915
It's asking a great deal that things should appeal to your reason as well as your sense of the aesthetic.
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W. Somerset Maugham, 'Of Human Bondage', 1915
Life wouldn't be worth living if I worried over the future as well as the present.
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W. Somerset Maugham, 'Of Human Bondage', 1915
Men seek but one thing in life - their pleasure.
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W. Somerset Maugham, 'Of Human Bondage', 1915
Money is like a sixth sense without which you cannot make a complete use of the other five.
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W. Somerset Maugham, 'Of Human Bondage', 1915
The important thing was to love rather than to be loved.
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W. Somerset Maugham, 'Of Human Bondage', 1915
The rain fell alike upon the just and upon the unjust, and for nothing was there a why and a wherefore.
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W. Somerset Maugham, 'Of Human Bondage', 1915
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.
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W. Somerset Maugham, 'Of Human Bondage', 1915
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