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Dying is a very dull, dreary affair. And my advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it.

W. Somerset Maugham

There is hardly anyone whose sexual life, if it were broadcast, would not fill the world at large with surprise and horror.

W. Somerset Maugham

Genius is talent provided with ideals.

William Somerset Maugham

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

William Somerset Maugham

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

Somerset Maugham

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

W. Somerset Maugham

Life wouldn't be worth living if I worried over the future as well as the present.

W. Somerset Maugham

I have an idea that some men are born out of their due place. Accident has cast them amid certain surroundings, but they have always a nostalgia for a home they know not. They are strangers at their birthplace, and the leafy lanes they have known from childhood or the populous streets in which they have played, remain but a place of passage. They may spend their whole lives aliens among their kindred and remain aloof among the only scenes they have ever knows. Perhaps it is this sense of strangeness that sends men far and wide in the search for something permanent, to which they may attach themselves. Perhaps some deep-rooted atavism urges the wanderer back to lands which his ancestors left in the dim beginnings of history. Sometimes a man hits upon a place to which he mysteriously feels that he belongs. Here is the home he sought, and he will settle amid scenes that he has never seen before, among men he has never known, as though they were familiar to him from his birth. Here at last he finds rest.

W. Somerset Maugham

We do not write because we want to; we write because we have to.

W. Somerset Maugham

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

W. Somerset Maugham

When things are at their worst I find something always happens.

W. Somerset Maugham

She had a pretty gift for quotation, which is a serviceable substitute for wit.

W. Somerset Maugham

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

W. Somerset Maugham

When you have loved as she has loved, you grow old beautifully.

W. Somerset Maugham

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

W. Somerset Maugham

The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit.

Somerset Maugham

Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.

W. Somerset Maugham

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

W. Somerset Maugham

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

W. Somerset Maugham

There was an immeasurable distance between the quick and the dead: they did not seem to belong to the same species; and it was strange to think that but a little while before they had spoken and moved and eaten and laughed.

W. Somerset Maugham

When I was young I had an elderly friend who used often to ask me to stay with him in the country. He was a religious man and he read prayers to the assembled household every morning. But he had crossed out in pencil all the passages that praised God. He said that there was nothing so vulgar as to praise people to their faces and, himself a gentleman, he could not believe that God was so ungentlemanly as to like it.

W. Somerset Maugham

The important thing was to love rather than to be loved.

W. Somerset Maugham

I don't think of the past. The only thing that matters is the everlasting present.

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

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.

W. Somerset Maugham
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