Nothing in the world is permanent, and we’re foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we’re still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it.

— W. Somerset Maugham

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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.

148

To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.

148

The secret to life is meaningless unless you discover it yourself.

102

It is dangerous to let the public behind the scenes.

They are easily disillusioned and then they are angry with you, for it was the illusion they loved.

93

The only important thing in a book is the meaning that it has for you.

91

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.

84

There are few things so pleasant as a picnic eaten in perfect comfort.

74

It is not true that suffering ennobles the character;

happiness does that sometimes, but suffering, for the most part, makes men petty and vindictive.

72

The great tragedy of life is not that men perish, but that they cease to love.

67

Love is only a dirty trick played on us to achieve continuation of the species.

66

Old age has its pleasures, which, though different, are not less than the pleasures of youth.

63

In Hollywood, the women are all peaches. It makes one long for an apple occasionally.

61

About W. Somerset Maugham

Quotes 496 sayings
Nationality British
Profession Playwright
Birthday January 25, 1874

It was such a lovely day I thought it a pity to get up.

61

One cannot find peace in work or in pleasure, in the world or in a convent, but only in one's soul.

54

There's always one who loves and one who lets himself be loved.

53

The essence of the beautiful is unity in variety.

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I would sooner read a timetable or a catalog than nothing at all.

52

It wasn't until late in life that I discovered how easy it is to say, 'I don't know.'

49

Illusions are like umbrellas - you no sooner get them than you lose them, and the loss always leaves a little painful wound.

44

How can I be reasonable? To me our love was everything and you were my whole life. It is not very pleasant to realize that to you it was only an episode.

42

The crown of literature is poetry.

41

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

40

The love that lasts longest is the love that is never returned.

40

As lovers, the difference between men and women is that women can love all day long, but men only at times.

39

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.

38

Life is so largely controlled by chance that its conduct can be but a perpetual improvisation.

38

It's no good trying to keep up old friendships.

It's painful for both sides. The fact is, one grows out of people, and the only thing is to face it.

35

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

34

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

34

Art for art's sake makes no more sense than gin for gin's sake.

33

It is not wealth one asks for, but just enough to preserve one's dignity, to work unhampered, to be generous, frank and independent.

33

The most useful thing about a principle is that it can always be sacrificed to expediency.

30

If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn't matter a damn how you write.

29

Money is like a sixth sense without which you cannot make a complete use of the other five.

29

A good Havana is one of the best pleasures that I know.

29

In the country the darkness of night is friendly and familiar, but in a city, with its blaze of lights, it is unnatural, hostile and menacing. It is like a monstrous vulture that hovers, biding its time.

27

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

27

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

27

Life wouldn’t be worth living if I worried over the future as well as the present. When things are at their worst I find something always happens.

23

I can imagine no more comfortable frame of mind for the conduct of life than a humorous resignation.

22

Thank God, I can look at a sunset now without having to think how to describe it

22

Only a mediocre person is always at his best.

20

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

20

What has influenced my life more than any other single thing has been my stammer. Had I not stammered I would probably... have gone to Cambridge as my brothers did, perhaps have become a don and every now and then published a dreary book about French literature.

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Oh, it's always the same,' she sighed, 'if you want men to behave well to you, you must be beastly to them; if you treat them decently they make you suffer for it.

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I made up my mind long ago that life was too short to do anything for myself that I could pay others to do for me.

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Of all the hokum with which this country [America] is riddled, the most odd is the common notion that it is free of class distinctions.

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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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I've always been interested in people, but I've never liked them.

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