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W. Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)
English dramatist & novelist [more author details]
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At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely.
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Dying is a very dull, dreary affair. And my advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it.
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Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.
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It is a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.
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It was such a lovely day I thought it a pity to get up.
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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.
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She had a pretty gift for quotation, which is a serviceable substitute for wit.
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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 cruel and bitter.
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There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
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Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.
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We do not write because we want to; we write because we have to.
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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
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