William Somerset Maugham Quotes (88 quotations)

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1. 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. - William Somerset Maugham

2. 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. - William Somerset Maugham

3. American women expect to find in their husbands a perfection that English women only hope to find in their butlers. - William Somerset Maugham

4. An unfortunate thing about this world is that the good habits are much easier to give up than the bad ones. - William Somerset Maugham

5. Art is merely the refuge which the ingenious have invented, when they were supplied with food and women, to escape the tediousness of life. - William Somerset Maugham

6. At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely. - William Somerset Maugham

7. Common-sense appears to be only another name for the thoughtlessness of the unthinking. It is made of the prejudices of childhood, the idiosyncrasies of individual character and the opinion of the newspapers. - William Somerset Maugham

8. Dying is a very dull, dreary affair. And my advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it. - William Somerset Maugham

9. 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. - William Somerset Maugham

10. Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul. - William Somerset Maugham

11. Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit. - William Somerset Maugham

12. Few misfortunes can befall a boy which bring worse consequence than to have a really affectionate mother. - William Somerset Maugham

13. Follow your inclinations with due regard to the policeman round the corner. - William Somerset Maugham

14. Genius is talent provided with ideals. - William Somerset Maugham

15. Have common sense and stick to the point. - William Somerset Maugham

16. He had heard people speak contemptuously of money: he wondered if they had ever tried to do without it. - William Somerset Maugham

17. 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. - William Somerset Maugham

18. I do not believe they are right who say that the defects of famous men should be ignored. I think it is better that we should know them. Then, though we are conscious of having faults as glaring as theirs, we can believe that that is no hindrance to our achieving also something of their virtues. - William Somerset Maugham

19. I do not confer praise or blame: I accept. I am the measure of all things. I am the centre of the world. - William Somerset Maugham

20. I don't think of the past. The only thing that matters is the everlasting present. - William Somerset Maugham

21. I have an idea that some men are born out of their due place. Accident has cast them amid certain surroundings, but they have always a nostalgia for a home they know not. They are strangers at their birthplace, and the leafy lanes they have known from childhood or the populous streets in which they have played, remain but a place of passage. They may spend their whole lives aliens among their kindred and remain aloof among the only scenes they have ever knows. Perhaps it is this sense of strangeness that sends men far and wide in the search for something permanent, to which they may attach themselves. Perhaps some deep-rooted atavism urges the wanderer back to lands which his ancestors left in the dim beginnings of history. Sometimes a man hits upon a place to which he mysteriously feels that he belongs. Here is the home he sought, and he will settle amid scenes that he has never seen before, among men he has never known, as though they were familiar to him from his birth. Here at last he finds rest. - William Somerset Maugham

22. I would sooner read a timetable or a catalog than nothing at all. - William Somerset Maugham

23. If you don't change your beliefs, your life will be like this forever. Is that good news? - William Somerset Maugham

24. Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young. - William Somerset Maugham

25. In Hollywood, the women are all peaches. It makes one long for an apple occasionally. - William Somerset Maugham

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