William Somerset Maugham Quotes (88 quotations)

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76. 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. - William Somerset Maugham

77. We do not write because we want to; we write because we have to. - William Somerset Maugham

78. We have long passed the Victorian era, when asterisks were followed after a certain interval by a baby. - William Somerset Maugham

79. When I read a book I seem to read it with my eyes only, but now and then I come across a passage, perhaps only a phrase, which has a meaning for me, and it becomes part of me. - William Somerset Maugham

80. When I was young I had an elderly friend who used often to ask me to stay with him in the country. He was a religious man and he read prayers to the assembled household every morning. But he had crossed out in pencil all the passages that praised God. He said that there was nothing so vulgar as to praise people to their faces and, himself a gentleman, he could not believe that God was so ungentlemanly as to like it. - William Somerset Maugham

81. When I was young I was amazed at Plutarch's statement that the elder Cato began at the age of eighty to learn Greek. I am amazed no longer. Old age is ready to undertake tasks that youth shirked because they would take too long. - William Somerset Maugham

82. When things are at their worst I find something always happens. - William Somerset Maugham

83. When you choose your friends, don't be short-changed by choosing personality over character. - William Somerset Maugham

84. When you have loved as she has loved, you grow old beautifully. - William Somerset Maugham

85. Writing is the supreme solace. - William Somerset Maugham

86. You are not angry with people when you laugh at them. Humor teaches them tolerance. - William Somerset Maugham

87. You can't learn too soon that the most useful thing about a principle is that it can always be sacrificed to expediency. - William Somerset Maugham

88. You know, of course, that the Tasmanians, who never committed adultery, are now extinct. - William Somerset Maugham

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