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William Somerset Maugham quotes (36)

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.
William Somerset Maugham   Category: Evil

Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.
William Somerset Maugham   Category: Excess

There is hardly anyone whose sexual life if it were broadcast would not fill the world at large with surprise and horror.
William Somerset Maugham   Category: Sex

There is only one thing about which I am certain and this is that there is very little about which one can be certain.
William Somerset Maugham   Category: Certainty

Death is a very dull dreary affair and my advice to you is to have nothing whatsoever to do with it.
William Somerset Maugham   Category: Death

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.
William Somerset Maugham   Category: Beauty

It was such a lovely day I thought it a pity to get up.
William Somerset Maugham   Category: Day

Like all weak men he laid an exaggerated stress on not changing one's mind.
William Somerset Maugham   Category: Exaggeration

There are two good things in life - freedom of thought and freedom of action.
William Somerset Maugham   Category: Freedom

Only a mediocre person is always at his best.
William Somerset Maugham   Category: Best

When I was young I was amazed at Plutarchs 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   Category: Age

Man has always sacrificed truth to his vanity comfort and advantage. He lives by make-believe.
William Somerset Maugham   Category: Belief

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   Category: Change

Genius is talent provided with ideals.
William Somerset Maugham   Category: Genius

The great tragedy of life is not that men perish But that they cease to love.
William Somerset Maugham   Category: Love

You know of course that the Tasmanians who never committed adultery are now extinct.
William Somerset Maugham   Category: Adultery

Do you know that conversation is one of the greatest pleasures in life? But it wants leisure.
William Somerset Maugham   Category: Unsorted

A woman will always sacrifice herself if you give her the opportunity. It is her favourite form of self-indulgence.
William Somerset Maugham   Category: Woe

You cant learn too soon that the most useful thing about a principle is that it can always be sacrificed to expediency.
William Somerset Maugham   Category: Expedience

A man marries to have a home but also because he doesnt want to be bothered with sex and all that sort of thing.
William Somerset Maugham   Category: Marriage

There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately no one knows what they are.
William Somerset Maugham   Category: Writing

Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.
William Somerset Maugham   Category: Tradition

Reserve is an artificial quality that is developed in most of us but as the result of innumerable rebuffs.
William Somerset Maugham   Category: Shy

Imagination grows by exercise and contrary to common belief is more powerful in the mature than in the young.
William Somerset Maugham   Category: Illusions

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 cruel and bitter.
William Somerset Maugham   Category: Factory

It is not true that suffering ennobles the character; happiness does that sometimes but suffering for the most part makes men petty and vindictive.
William Somerset Maugham   Category: Pain

What makes old age hard to bear is not the failing of ones faculties mental and physical but the burden of ones memories.
William Somerset Maugham   Category: Memory

The unfortunate thing about this world is that good habits are so much easier to give up than bad ones.
William Somerset Maugham   Category: Habit

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.
William Somerset Maugham   Category: Comfort

She had a pretty gift for quotation which is a serviceable substitute for wit.
William Somerset Maugham   Category: Quotations

Money is like a sixth sense - and you cant make use of the other five without it.
William Somerset Maugham   Category: Money

Commonsense and good nature will do a lot to make the pilgrimage of life not too difficult.
William Somerset Maugham   Category: Common

Perfection - Nothing more than a complete adaptation to the environment; but the environment is constantly changing so perfection can never be more than transitory.
William Somerset Maugham   Category: Perfection

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

People ask you for criticism but they only want praise.
William Somerset Maugham   Category: Advice

Culture is not just an ornament; it is the expression of a nations character and at the same time it is a powerful instrument to mould character. The end of culture is right living.
William Somerset Maugham   Category: Culture