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


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


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


  4. The future will one day be the present and will seem as unimportant as the present does now.




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


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


  7. People who ask for your criticism want only praise.


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


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


  10. Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.


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


  12. Only a mediocre person is always at his best.


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


  14. 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.


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


  16. The writer is more concerned to know than to judge.


  17. Old age is ready to undertake tasks that youth shirked because they would take too long.

    • age

  18. Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.


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


  20. The trouble with young writers is that they are all in their sixties.

    • authors

  21. You can do anything in this world if you are prepares to take the consequences.


  22. It is an illusion that youth is happy, an illusion of those who has lost it.


  23. Anyone can tell the truth, but only very few of us can make epigrams.


  24. It's very hard to be a gentleman and a writer.

    • authors

  25. Perfection has one grave defect. It is apt to be dull.


  26. Men have an extraordinarily erroneous opinion of their position in nature; and the error is ineradicable.


  27. It is salutary to train oneself to be no more affected by censure than by praise.

    • criticism

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


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

    • reading

  30. There is a sort of man who pays no attention to his good actions, but is tormented by his bad ones. This is the type that most often writes about himself.

    • authors


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About W. Somerset Maugham

Name W. Somerset Maugham
About William Somerset Maugham was born in Paris in 1874. He spoke French even before he spoke a word of E
Quotes 122 quotes
Nationality British
Profession Playwright
Birthday January 25, 1874
Top topics writing, authors, people, love, world

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What are the best writing quotes by W. Somerset Maugham?


    The writer is more concerned to know than to judge.

    • authors

    It's very hard to be a gentleman and a writer.

    • authors

    The trouble with young writers is that they are all in their sixties.

    • authors

    Habits in writing as in life are only useful if they are broken as soon as they cease to be advantageous.

    • authors

    There is a sort of man who pays no attention to his good actions, but is tormented by his bad ones. This is the type that most often writes about himself.

    • authors

    There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately no one knows what they are.


    For if the proper study of mankind is man, it is evidently more sensible to occupy yourself with the coherent, substantial and significant creatures of fiction than with the irrational and shadowy figures of real life.

    • authors

    Truth is not only stranger than fiction, it is more telling. To know that a thing actually happened gives it a poignancy, touches a chord, which a piece of acknowledged fiction misses. It is to touch this chord that some authors have done everything they could to give you the impression that they are telling the plain truth.

    • authors

    Writing is the supreme solace.


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What are the best authors quotes by W. Somerset Maugham?


    The writer is more concerned to know than to judge.

    • authors

    It's very hard to be a gentleman and a writer.

    • authors

    The trouble with young writers is that they are all in their sixties.

    • authors

    Habits in writing as in life are only useful if they are broken as soon as they cease to be advantageous.

    • authors

    There is a sort of man who pays no attention to his good actions, but is tormented by his bad ones. This is the type that most often writes about himself.

    • authors

    There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately no one knows what they are.

    • novel

    For if the proper study of mankind is man, it is evidently more sensible to occupy yourself with the coherent, substantial and significant creatures of fiction than with the irrational and shadowy figures of real life.

    • authors

    Truth is not only stranger than fiction, it is more telling. To know that a thing actually happened gives it a poignancy, touches a chord, which a piece of acknowledged fiction misses. It is to touch this chord that some authors have done everything they could to give you the impression that they are telling the plain truth.

    • authors

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What are the best people quotes by W. Somerset Maugham?


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

    • people

    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.


    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.


    When you are young you take the kindness people show you as your right.


    Things were easier for the old novelists who saw people all of a piece. Speaking generally, their heroes were good through and through, their villains wholly bad.

    • bad

    Considering how foolishly people act and how pleasantly they prattle, perhaps it would be better for the world if they talked more and did less.


    People ask you for criticism, but they only want praise.


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What are the best love quotes by W. Somerset Maugham?


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

    • love

    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.

    • love

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


    I learnt that men were moved by a savage egoism, that love was only the dirty trick nature played on us to achieve the continuation of the species.

    • love

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

    • love

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


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

    • love

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What are the best world quotes by W. Somerset Maugham?


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

    • bad

    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.


    My own belief is that there is hardly anyone whose sexual life, if it were broadcast, would not fill the world at large with surprise and horror.


    You can do anything in this world if you are prepared to take the consequences.


    Considering how foolishly people act and how pleasantly they prattle, perhaps it would be better for the world if they talked more and did less.

    • act

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


Habits in writing as in life are only useful if they are broken as soon as they cease to be advantageous.

  • authors

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


There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately no one knows what they are.

  • novel



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.

  • age

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


Sentimentality is the only sentiment that rubs you the wrong way.


Death doesn't affect the living because it has not happened yet. Death doesn't concern the dead because they have ceased to exist.

  • death

Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul.


The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit.


Perfection is what American women expect to find in their husbands... but English women only hope to find in their butlers.


Man has always sacrificed truth to his vanity, comfort and advantage. He lives by make-believe.


The ideal has many names, and beauty is but one of them.


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


There is no explanation for evil. It must be looked upon as a necessary part of the order of the universe. To ignore it is childish, to bewail it senseless.


Tolerance is another word for indifference.


Impropriety is the soul of wit.


We know our friends by their defects rather than their merits.


It is unfair to expect a politician to live in private up to the statements he makes in public.


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.


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.

  • reading

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

  • lovely

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.

  • anger

Tolerance is only another name for indifference.


I would sooner read a time-table or a catalogue than nothing at all. They are much more entertaining than half the novels that are written.


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.

  • sides

It is well known that Beauty does not look with a good grace on the timid advances of Humor.


No egoism is so insufferable as that of the Christian with regard to his soul.


The writer of prose can only step aside when the poet passes.


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.

  • love

It is an illusion that youth is happy, an illusion of those who have lost it.


Money is the string with which a sardonic destiny directs the motions of its puppets.


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.

  • criticism

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.

  • age

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


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

  • death

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.


We seek pitifully to convey to others the treasures of our heart, but they have not the power to accept them, and so we go lonely, side by side but not together, unable to know our fellows and unknown by them.


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

  • love

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


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.

  • success

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

  • lasts

It is not true that suffering ennobles the character; happiness does that sometimes, but suffering, for the most part, makes men petty and vindictive.

  • character

The artist produces for the liberation of his soul. It is his nature to create as it is the nature of water to run down the hill.


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.


A man who is a politician at forty is a statesman at three score and ten. It is at this age, when he would be too old to be a clerk or a gardener or a police-court magistrate, that he is ripe to govern a country.

  • politics

When you are young you take the kindness people show you as your right.

  • kindness

It is well known that Beauty does not look with a good grace on the timid advances of Humour.

  • beauty

We have long passed the Victorian Era when asterisks were followed after a certain interval by a baby.


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.


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


Have common sense and stick to the point.


Any nation that thinks more of its ease and comfort than its freedom will soon lose its freedom; and the ironical thing about it is that it will lose its ease and comfort too.

  • freedom

I knew that suffering did not enoble; it degraded. It made men selfish, petty and suspicious. It absorbed them in small things...it made them less than men; and I wrote ferociously that we learn resignation not by our own suffering, but by the suffering of others.


The crown of literature is poetry.


Truth is not only stranger than fiction, it is more telling. To know that a thing actually happened gives it a poignancy, touches a chord, which a piece of acknowledged fiction misses. It is to touch this chord that some authors have done everything they could to give you the impression that they are telling the plain truth.

  • authors

To eat well in England you should have breakfast three times a day.


We learn resignation not by our own suffering, but by the suffering of others.


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


Considering how foolishly people act and how pleasantly they prattle, perhaps it would be better for the world if they talked more and did less.

  • act

Things were easier for the old novelists who saw people all of a piece. Speaking generally, their heroes were good through and through, their villains wholly bad.

  • bad

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.

  • coffee

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.


Marriage is a very good thing, but I think it's a mistake to make a habit out of it.


No one can write a best seller by trying to. He must write with complete sincerity; the clich?s that make you laugh, the hackneyed characters, the well-worn situations, the commonplace story that excites your derision, seem neither hackneyed, well worn nor commonplace to him. The conclusion is obvious: you cannot write anything that will convince unless you are yourself convinced. The best seller sells because he writes with his heart's blood.


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

  • perfection

I'll give you my opinion of the human race in a nutshell... their heart's in the right place, but their head is a thoroughly inefficient organ.


My own belief is that there is hardly anyone whose sexual life, if it were broadcast, would not fill the world at large with surprise and horror.

  • anyone

The Americans who are the most efficient people on earth...have invented so wide a range of pithy and hackneyed phrases that they can carry on a...conversation without giving a moment's reflection to what they are saying and so leave their minds free to consider more important matters of big business and fornication.


If forty million people say a foolish thing it does not become a wise one, but the wise man is foolish to give them the lie.


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


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

  • love

You can do anything in this world if you are prepared to take the consequences.

  • anything

Perfection is a trifle dull. It is not the least of life's ironies that this, which we all aim at, is better not quite achieved.

  • perfection

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. Failure makes people bitter and cruel.

  • success

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.

  • age

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.


At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely.


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


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.

  • beauty

People ask you for criticism, but they only want praise.

  • ask

If you want to eat well in England, eat three breakfasts.


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.


Writing is the supreme solace.

  • solace

I learnt that men were moved by a savage egoism, that love was only the dirty trick nature played on us to achieve the continuation of the species.

  • love

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.


Has it occurred to you that transmigration is at once an explanation and a justification of the evil of the world ? If the evils we suffer are the result of sins committed in our past lives, we can bear them with resignation and hope that if in this one we strive toward virtue our future lives will be less afflicted.


It is unsafe to take your reader for more of a fool than he is.


For if the proper study of mankind is man, it is evidently more sensible to occupy yourself with the coherent, substantial and significant creatures of fiction than with the irrational and shadowy figures of real life.

  • authors

It seems that the creative faculty and the critical faculty cannot exist together in their highest perfection.


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


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.

  • freedom


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