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W. Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)
English dramatist & novelist [more author details]
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Nothing in the world is permanent, and we're foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we're still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it. If change is of the essence of existence one would have thought it only sensible to make it the premise of our philosophy.
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W. Somerset Maugham, The Razor's Edge, 1943
Often the best way to overcome desire is to satisfy it.
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W. Somerset Maugham, The Razor's Edge, 1943
People do tell a writer things that they don't tell others. I don't know why, unless it is that having read one or two of his books they feel on peculiarly intimate terms with him; or it may be that they dramatize themselves and, seeing themselves as it were as characters in a novel, are ready to be as open with him as they imagine the characters of his invention are.
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W. Somerset Maugham, The Razor's Edge, 1943
Perhaps the most important use of money - It saves time. Life is so short, and there's so much to do, one can't afford to waste a minute; and just think how much you waste, for instance, in walking from place to place instead of going by bus and in going by bus instead of by taxi.
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The average American can get into the kingdom of heaven much more easily than he can get into the Boulevard St. Germain.
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W. Somerset Maugham, The Razor's Edge, 1943
The dead look so terribly dead when they're dead.
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W. Somerset Maugham, The Razor's Edge, 1943
The fact that a great many people believe something is no guarantee of its truth.
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W. Somerset Maugham, The Razor's Edge, 1943
There are few things so pleasant as a picnic eaten in perfect comfort.
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W. Somerset Maugham, The Razor's Edge, 1943
Unfortunately sometimes one can't do what one thinks is right without making someone else unhappy.
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W. Somerset Maugham, The Razor's Edge, 1943
We didn't think much in the air corps of a fellow who wangled a cushy job out of his C.O. by buttering him up. It was hard for me to believe that God thought much of a man who tried to wangle salvation by fulsome flattery. I should have thought the worship most pleasing to him was to do your best according to your lights.
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W. Somerset Maugham, The Razor's Edge, 1943
We who are of mature age seldom suspect how unmercifully and yet with what insight the very young judge us.
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W. Somerset Maugham, The Razor's Edge, 1943
When you're eighteen your emotions are violent, but they're not durable.
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W. Somerset Maugham, The Razor's Edge, 1943
You Europeans know nothing about America. Because we amass large fortunes you think we care for nothing but money. We are nothing for it; the moment we have it we spend it, sometimes well, sometimes ill, but we spend it. Money is nothing to us; it's merely the symbol of success. We are the greatest idealists in the world; I happen to think that we've set our ideal on the wrong objects; I happen to think that the greatest ideal man can set before himself is self-perfection.
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You learn more quickly under the guidance of experienced teachers. You waste a lot of time going down blind alleys if you have no one to lead you.
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