W. Somerset Maugham

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William Somerset Maugham CH (/ˈmɔːm/ MAWM; 25 January 1874 – 16 December 1965) was a British playwright, novelist and short story writer. He was among the most popular writers of his era and reputedly the highest paid author during the 1930s. After losing both his parents by the age of 10, Maugham was raised by a paternal uncle who was emotionally cold. Not wanting to become a lawyer like other men in his family, Maugham eventually trained and qualified as a physician. The initial run of his first novel, Liza of Lambeth (1897), sold out so rapidly that Maugham gave up medicine to write full-time. During the First World War, he served with the Red Cross and in the ambulance corps, before being recruited in 1916 into the British Secret Intelligence Service, for which he worked in Switzerland and Russia before the October Revolution of 1917. During and after the war, he travelled in Indi... More

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W. Somerset Maugham #Age

Photo of W. Somerset Maugham Old age has its pleasures, which, though different, are not less than the pleasures of youth.
W. Somerset Maugham #Age

Photo of W. Somerset Maugham Old age is ready to undertake tasks that youth shirked because they would take too long.
W. Somerset Maugham #Beauty

Photo of W. Somerset Maugham 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.
W. Somerset Maugham #Beauty

Photo of W. Somerset Maugham It is well known that Beauty does not look with a good grace on the timid advances of Humour.
W. Somerset Maugham #Best #Funny #Life

Photo of W. Somerset Maugham It's a funny thing about life if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.
W. Somerset Maugham #Best

Photo of W. Somerset Maugham Only a mediocre person is always at his best.
W. Somerset Maugham #Change

Photo of W. Somerset Maugham If you don't change your beliefs, your life will be like this forever. Is that good news?
W. Somerset Maugham #Death

Photo of W. Somerset Maugham Death is a very dull, dreary affair, and my advice to you is to have nothing whatsoever to do with it.
W. Somerset Maugham #Death

Photo of W. Somerset Maugham Death doesn't affect the living because it has not happened yet. Death doesn't concern the dead because they have ceased to exist.
W. Somerset Maugham #Age

Photo of W. Somerset Maugham 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.
W. Somerset Maugham #Food

Photo of W. Somerset Maugham If you want to eat well in England, eat three breakfasts.
W. Somerset Maugham #Freedom

Photo of W. Somerset Maugham There are two good things in life - freedom of thought and freedom of action.
W. Somerset Maugham #Good #Marriage

Photo of W. Somerset Maugham Marriage is a very good thing, but I think it's a mistake to make a habit out of it.
W. Somerset Maugham #Home #Marriage

Photo of W. Somerset Maugham 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.
W. Somerset Maugham #Imagination

Photo of W. Somerset Maugham Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.
W. Somerset Maugham #Love

Photo of W. Somerset Maugham Love is only a dirty trick played on us to achieve continuation of the species.
W. Somerset Maugham #Love

Photo of W. Somerset Maugham The love that lasts longest is the love that is never returned.
W. Somerset Maugham #Money

Photo of W. Somerset Maugham Money is like a sixth sense without which you cannot make a complete use of the other five.
W. Somerset Maugham #Money

Photo of W. Somerset Maugham Money is the string with which a sardonic destiny directs the motions of its puppets.
W. Somerset Maugham #Nature

Photo of W. Somerset Maugham Men have an extraordinarily erroneous opinion of their position in nature and the error is ineradicable.
W. Somerset Maugham #Poetry

Photo of W. Somerset Maugham The crown of literature is poetry.
W. Somerset Maugham #Success

Photo of W. Somerset Maugham 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.
W. Somerset Maugham #Truth

Photo of W. Somerset Maugham You know what the critics are. If you tell the truth they only say you're cynical and it does an author no good to get a reputation for cynicism.
W. Somerset Maugham #Truth

Photo of W. Somerset Maugham Anyone can tell the truth, but only very few of us can make epigrams.
W. Somerset Maugham #Art

Photo of W. Somerset Maugham Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul.