William Somerset Maugham Quotes (88 quotations)

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51. People ask for criticism, but they only want praise. - William Somerset Maugham

52. Perfection has one grave defect: it is apt to be dull. - William Somerset Maugham

53. She had a pretty gift for quotation, which is a serviceable substitute for wit. - William Somerset Maugham

54. Sometimes people carry to such perfection the mask they have assumed that in due course they actually become the person they seem. - William Somerset Maugham

55. The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit. - William Somerset Maugham

56. 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. - William Somerset Maugham

57. The crown of literature is poetry. - William Somerset Maugham

58. The essence of the beautiful is unity in variety. - William Somerset Maugham

59. The great American novel has not only already been written, it has already been rejected. - William Somerset Maugham

60. The important thing was to love rather than to be loved. - William Somerset Maugham

61. The love that lasts longest is the love that is never returned. - William Somerset Maugham

62. The rain fell alike upon the just and upon the unjust, and for nothing was there a why and a wherefore. - William Somerset Maugham

63. The secret to life is meaningless unless you discover it yourself. - William Somerset Maugham

64. The world in general doesn't know what to make of originality; it is startled out of its comfortable habits of thought, and its first reaction is one of anger. - William Somerset Maugham

65. The writer of prose can only step aside when the poet passes. - William Somerset Maugham

66. There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knowswhat they are. - William Somerset Maugham

67. There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are. - William Somerset Maugham

68. There is hardly anyone whose sexual life, if it were broadcast, would not fill the world at large with surprise and horror. - William Somerset Maugham

69. 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. - William Somerset Maugham

70. There will always be one who loves, and one who lets himself be loved. - William Somerset Maugham

71. There's always one who loves and one who lets himself be loved. - William Somerset Maugham

72. To eat well in England, you should have a breakfast three times a day. - William Somerset Maugham

73. To write simply is as difficult as to be good. - William Somerset Maugham

74. Tolerance is another word for indifference. - William Somerset Maugham

75. Tradition is a guide and not a jailer. - William Somerset Maugham

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