W Somerset Maugham Quotes & Wallpapers

W Somerset Maugham
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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. W Somerset Maugham

We do not write as we want, but as we can. W Somerset Maugham

Genius is talent provided with ideals. Genius starves while talent wears purple and fine linen. The man of genius of today will infifty years' time be in most cases no more than a man of talent. W Somerset Maugham

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

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

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

He smiled and took her hand and pressed it. They got up and walked out of the gallery. They stood for a moment at the balustrade and looked at Trafalgar Square. Cabs and omnibuses hurried to and fro, and crowds passed, hastening in every direction, and the sun was shining. W Somerset Maugham

But Philip was impatient with himself; he called to mind his idea of the pattern of life: the unhappiness he had suffered was no more than part of a decoration which was elaborate and beautiful; he told himself strenuously that he must accept with gaiety everything, dreariness and excitement, pleasure and pain, because it added to the richness of the design. W Somerset Maugham

Why did you look at the sunset?' Philip answered with his mouth full: Because I was happy. W Somerset Maugham

There is only one way to win hearts and that is to make oneself like unto those of whom one would be loved. W Somerset Maugham

The audience is a very curious animal. It is shrewd rather than intelligent. Its mental capacity is less than that of its most intellectual members. W Somerset Maugham

It is astonishing how many books I find there is no need for me to read at all. W Somerset Maugham

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

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

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 out future lives will be less afflicted. W Somerset Maugham

Simplicity and naturalness are the truest marks of distinction. W Somerset Maugham

The officers saluted as she passed and gravely bowed. They walked back across the courtyard and got into their chairs. She saw Waddington light a cigarette. A little smoke lost in the air, that was the life of a man. W Somerset Maugham

You know, there are two good things in life, freedom of thought and freedom of action. W Somerset Maugham

...the future will one day be the present and will seem as unimportant as the present does now. W Somerset Maugham

I have been forced to conclude from this that we know our friends by their defects rather than by their merits. W Somerset Maugham

It may be that if I lead the life I've planned for myself it may affect others; the effect may be no greater than the ripple caused by a stone thrown in a pond, but one ripple causes another. W Somerset Maugham

Almost all the people who have had most effect on me I seem to have met by chance. W Somerset Maugham

There are men who are possessed by an urge so strong to do some particular thing that they can't help themselves, they've got to do it. They're prepared to sacrifice everything to satisfy their yearning. W Somerset Maugham

What mean and cruel things men can do for the love of God. W Somerset Maugham

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

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

For men and women are not only themselves; they are also the region in which they are born, the city apartment or farm in which they learnt to walk, the games they played as children, the old wives tales they overheard, the food they ate, the schools they attended, the sports they followed, the poets they read, and the God they believed in. It is all these things that have made them what they are, and these are the things that you can't come to know by hearsay... W Somerset Maugham

Man's desire for the approval of his fellows is so strong, his dread of their censure so violent, that he himself has brought his enemy (conscience) within his gates; and it keeps watch over him, vigilant always in the interests of its master to crush any half-formed desire to break away from the herd. W Somerset Maugham

He did not care upon what terms he satisfied his passion. He had even a mad, melodramatic idea to drug her. W Somerset Maugham

Are you sure you can prevent yourself from falling in love one of these days? Such things do happen, you know, even to the most prudent men.' Simon gave him a strange, one might even have thought a hostile, look. I should tear it out of my heart as I'd wrench out of my mouth a rotten tooth. W Somerset Maugham

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. W Somerset Maugham

A Unitarian very earnestly disbelieves what everyone else believes. W Somerset Maugham

Writing is a wholetime job: no professional writer can afford only to write when he feels like it. W Somerset Maugham

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

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. W Somerset Maugham

I wonder how anyone can have the face to condemn others when he reflects upon his own thoughts. W Somerset Maugham

A woman will always sacrifice herself if you give her the opportunity. It is her favourite form of self indulgence. W Somerset Maugham

There's no one as transparent as the person who thinks he's devilish deep. W Somerset Maugham

Life isn't long enough for love and art. W Somerset Maugham

The well dressed man is he whose clothes you never notice W Somerset Maugham

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. W Somerset Maugham

Nothing more predisposes someone in our favour than to let him rob you a little. W Somerset Maugham

..as the cosmos are in place, so be it with your life... W Somerset Maugham

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

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

I now, weak, old, diseased, poor, dying, hold still my soul in my hands, and I regret nothing. W Somerset Maugham

It might be that to surrender to happiness was to accept defeat, but it was a defeat better than many victories. W Somerset Maugham

I can only guess that it made the world he went back to...strangely without meaning. Though he lived in it, though he even enjoyed it, it remained utterly remote. I think it had lost sense for him. In his heart was the reflection of a lovely dream that he could never quite recall. W Somerset Maugham

I'm only twenty-five. If I've made a mistake I have time to correct it. W Somerset Maugham

I am afraid of people with too much charm. They devour you. In the end you are made a sacrifice to the exercise of their fascinating gift and their insincerity. W Somerset Maugham

To bear failure with courage is the best proof of character that anyone can give. W Somerset Maugham

You tend to close your eyes to truth, beauty and goodness because they give no scope to your sense of the ridiculous. W Somerset Maugham

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

The Americans, who are the most efficient people on the earth, have carried [phrase-making] to such a height of perfection and have invented so wide a range of pithy and hackneyed phrases that they can carry on an amusing and animated conversation without giving a moment's reflection to what they are saying and so leave their minds free to consider the more important matters of big business and fornication. W Somerset Maugham

She says it's really not very flattering to her that the women who fall in love with her husband are so uncommonly second-rate. W Somerset Maugham

A bird in the hand was worth two in the bush, he told her, to which she retorted that a proverb was the last refuge of the mentally destitute. W Somerset Maugham

She was a fool and he knew it and because he loved her it had made no difference. W Somerset Maugham

She could not admit but that he had remarkable qualities, sometimes she thought that there was even in him a strange and unattractive greatness; it was curious then that she could not love him, but loved still a man whose worthlessness was now so clear to her. W Somerset Maugham

I know that you're selfish, selfish beyond words, and I know that you haven't the nerve of a rabbit, I know you're a liar and a humbug, I know that you're utterly contemptible. And the tragic part is'-her face was on a sudden distraught with pain-'the tragic part is that notwithstanding I love you with all my heart. W Somerset Maugham

What does democracy come down to? The persuasive power of slogans invented by wily self-seeking politicians. W Somerset Maugham

Well, you know when people are no good at anything else they become writers. W Somerset Maugham

All important persons have about them someone in a subordinate position who has their ear. These dependents are very susceptible to slights, and, when they are not treated as they think they should be, will by well-directed shafts, constantly repeated, poison the minds of their patrons against those who have provoked their animosity. It is well to keep in with them. W Somerset Maugham

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. W Somerset Maugham

By the time an actor knows how to act any sort of part he is often too old to act any but a few. W Somerset Maugham

Make him laugh and he will think you a trivial fellow, but bore him in the right way and your reputation is assured. W Somerset Maugham

Just as the painter thinks with his brush and paints the novelist thinks with his story. W Somerset Maugham

The Almighty can hardly be such a fool as the churches make out. W Somerset Maugham

Our natural egoism leads us to judge people by their relations to ourselves. We want them to be certain things to us, and for us that is what they are; because the rest of them is no good to us, we ignore it. W Somerset Maugham

Clearly much that seemed valid seemed so only because he had been taught it from earliest youth. W Somerset Maugham

The drama is make-believe. It does not deal with truth but with effect. W Somerset Maugham



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