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W. Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)
English dramatist & novelist [more author details]
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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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W. Somerset Maugham, The Razor's Edge, 1943
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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W. Somerset Maugham, The Razor's Edge, 1943

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