59 Total Quotes

W.+Somerset Maugham Quotes

W. Somerset Maugham
You can do anything in this world if you are prepares to take the consequences.
W. Somerset Maugham
#Consequences

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You know that the Tasmanians, who never committed adultery, are now extinct.
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#Adultery

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The complete life, the perfect pattern, includes old age as well as youth and maturity. The beauty of the morning and the radiance of noon are good, but it would be a very silly person who drew the curtains and turned on the light in order to shut out the tranquillity of the evening. Old age has its pleasures, which, though different, are not less than the pleasures of youth.
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#Age And Aging

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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.
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#Age And Aging

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Anyone can tell the truth, but only very few of us can make epigrams.
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#Aphorisms And Epigrams

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Sometimes a man hits upon a place to which he mysteriously feels that he belongs.
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#Association

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Lady Hodmarsh and the duchess immediately assumed the clinging affability that persons of rank assume with their inferiors in order to show them that they are not in the least conscious of any difference in station between them.
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#Class

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I am told that today rather more than 60 per cent of the men who go to university go on a Government grant. This is a new class that has entered upon the scene. It is the white-collar proletariat. They do not go to university to acquire culture but to get a job, and when they have got one, scamp it. They have no manners and are woefully unable to deal with any social predicament. Their idea of a celebration is to go to a public house and drink six beers. They are mean, malicious and envious . They are scum.
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#Colleges And Universities

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Common sense and nature will do a lot to make the pilgrimage of life not too difficult.
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#Common Sense

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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.
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#Common Sense

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If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom: and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that, too.
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#Freedom

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There are two good things in life -- freedom of thought and freedom of action.
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#Freedom

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People who ask for your criticism want only praise.
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#Critics And Criticism

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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.
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#Critics And Criticism

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Death is a very dull, dreary affair, and my advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it.
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#Death

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It's a funny thing about life: if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.
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#Expectation

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Only a mediocre person is always at his best.
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#Excellence

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Love is what happens to a man and woman who don't know each other.
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#Love

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We know our friends by their defects rather than their merits.
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#Friends Or Friendship

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From the earliest times the old have rubbed it into the young that they are wiser than they, and before the young had discovered what nonsense this was they were old too, and it profited them to carry on the imposture.
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#Generations

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The unfortunate thing about this world is that the good habits are much easier to give up than the bad ones.
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#Habit

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Hypocrisy is the most difficult and nerve-racking vice that any man can pursue; it needs an unceasing vigilance and a rare detachment of spirit. It cannot, like adultery or gluttony, be practiced at spare moments; it is a whole-time job.
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#Hypocrisy

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You are not angry with people when you laugh at them. Humor teaches tolerance.
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#Laughter

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The great critic must be a philosopher, for from philosophy he will learn serenity, impartiality, and the transitoriness of human things.
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#Literary Criticism

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Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.
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#Tradition

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The world is quickly bored by the recital of misfortune, and willing avoids the sight of distress.
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#Misfortunes

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Few misfortunes can befall a boy which bring worse consequences than to have a really affectionate mother.
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#Mothers

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If you want to eat well in England, eat three breakfasts.
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#Nationalities And Nationalism

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Like all weak men he laid an exaggerated stress on not changing one's mind.
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#Obstinacy

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American women expect to find in their husbands a perfection that English women only hope to find in their butlers.
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#Perfection