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W. Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)
English dramatist & novelist [more author details]
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There's always one who loves and one who lets himself be loved.
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W. Somerset Maugham, 'Of Human Bondage', 1915
When I read a book I seem to read it with my eyes only, but now and then I come across a passage, perhaps only a phrase, which has a meaning for me, and it becomes part of me.
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W. Somerset Maugham, 'Of Human Bondage', 1915
When things are at their worst I find something always happens.
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W. Somerset Maugham, 'Of Human Bondage', 1915
The most useful thing about a principle is that it can always be sacrificed to expediency.
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W. Somerset Maugham, The Circle, 1921
A woman can forgive a man for the harm he does her...but she can never forgive him for the sacrifices he makes on her account.
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W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence
I don't think of the past. The only thing that matters is the everlasting present.
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W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence
Life isn't long enough for love and art.
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W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence
Sometimes people carry to such perfection the mask they have assumed that in due course they actually become the person they seem.
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W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence
As if a woman ever loved a man for his virtue.
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W. Somerset Maugham, The Painted Veil, 1925
Charm and nothing but charm at last grows a little tiresome. It's a relief then to deal with a man who isn't quite so delightful but a little more sincere.
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W. Somerset Maugham, The Painted Veil, 1925
I always find it more difficult to say the things I mean than the things I don't.
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W. Somerset Maugham, The Painted Veil, 1925
If nobody spoke unless he had something to say, the human race would very soon lose the use of speech.
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W. Somerset Maugham, The Painted Veil, 1925
One can be very much in love with a woman without wishing to spend the rest of one's life with her.
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W. Somerset Maugham, The Painted Veil, 1925
One cannot find peace in work or in pleasure, in the world or in a convent, but only in one's soul.
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W. Somerset Maugham, The Painted Veil, 1925
Remember that it is nothing to do your duty, that is demanded of you and is no more meritorious than to wash your hands when they are dirty; the only thing that counts is the love of duty; when love and duty are one, then grace is in you and you will enjoy a happiness which passes all understanding.
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W. Somerset Maugham, The Painted Veil, 1925
Tao. Some of us look for the Way in opium and some in God, some of us in whiskey and some in love. It is all the same Way and it leads nowhither.
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W. Somerset Maugham, The Painted Veil, 1925
There is only one way to win hearts and that is to make oneself like unto those of whom one would be loved.
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W. Somerset Maugham, The Painted Veil, 1925
Women are often under the impression that men are much more madly in love with them than they really are.
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W. Somerset Maugham, The Painted Veil, 1925
A God that can be understood is no God. Who can explain the Infinite in words?
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W. Somerset Maugham, The Razor's Edge, 1943
A man ought to work. That's what he's here for. That's how he contributes to the welfare of the community.
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W. Somerset Maugham, The Razor's Edge, 1943
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