W. Somerset Maugham
There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
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.
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.
At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely.
Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul.
W. Somerset Maugham — quotes and aphorisms
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.
It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.
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.