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Quotes By W. Somerset Maugham


Famous Quotes & Quotations By W. Somerset Maugham:

A good style should show no signs of effort. What is written should seem a happy accident.
~ W. Somerset Maugham Quotes, Summing Up, 1938 - Category: Writing.

A man marries to have a home, but also because he doesn't want to be bothered with sex and all that sort of thing.
~ W. Somerset Maugham Quotes - Category: Husbands.

I don't think you want too much sincerity in society. It would be like an iron girder in a house of cards.
~ W. Somerset Maugham Quotes - Category: Manners, Sincerity, Society.

If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too.
~ W. Somerset Maugham Quotes - Category: Freedom, Irony.

In the country the darkness of night is friendly and familiar, but in a city, with its blaze of lights, it is unnatural, hostile and menacing. It is like a monstrous vulture that hovers, biding its time.
~ W. Somerset Maugham Quotes - Category: Night.

It wasn't until quite late in life that I discovered how easy it is to say "I don't know!"
~ W. Somerset Maugham Quotes - Category: Humility.

Life is so largely controlled by chance that its conduct can be but a perpetual improvisation.
~ W. Somerset Maugham Quotes - Category: Life.

Love is only a dirty trick played on us to achieve continuation of the species.
~ W. Somerset Maugham Quotes, A Writer's Notebook, 1949 - Category: Love.

Man has always sacrificed truth to his vanity, comfort and advantage. He lives... by make-believe.
~ W. Somerset Maugham Quotes, The Summing Up, 1938 - Category: Truth.

My own belief is that there is hardly anyone whose sexual life, if it were broadcast, would not fill the world at large with surprise and horror.
~ W. Somerset Maugham Quotes - Category: Homosexuality, Horror, Sex.

The best style is the style you don't notice.
~ W. Somerset Maugham Quotes - Category: Writing.

The crown of literature is poetry. It is its end and aim. It is the sublimest activity of the human mind. It is the achievement of beauty and delicacy. The writer of prose can only step aside when the poet passes.
~ W. Somerset Maugham Quotes - Category: Poetry.

The unfortunate thing about this world is that good habits are so much easier to give up than bad ones.
~ W. Somerset Maugham Quotes - Category: Habits.

Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.
~ W. Somerset Maugham Quotes - Category: Guidance.

We are not the same persons this year as last; nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person.
~ W. Somerset Maugham Quotes - Category: Love.

You know, of course, that the Tasmanians, who never committed adultery, are now extinct.
~ W. Somerset Maugham Quotes, The Bread-Winner - Category: Places, Sex.

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