W. Somerset Maugham

There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

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There are two good things in life — freedom of thought and freedom of action.

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What makes old age hard to bear is not the failing of one's faculties, mental and physical, but the burden of one's memories.

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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.

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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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Love is only a dirty trick played on us to achieve continuation of the species.

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Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul.

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W. Somerset Maugham — quotes and aphorisms

The love that lasts longest is the love that is never returned.

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Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger. There is really nothing to be said about it. It is like the perfume of a rose: you can smell it and that is all.

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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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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.

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