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W. Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)
English dramatist & novelist [more author details]
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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
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
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