W. Somerset Maugham Quotes


It is a nuisance that knowledge can only be acquired by hard work. W Somerset Maugham

The tragedy of love is indifference. W Somerset Maugham

The crown of literature is poetry. It is its end and aim. It is the sublimest activity of the human mind. It is the achievement of beauty and delicacy. The writer of prose can only step aside when the poet passes. W Somerset Maugham

Passion doesn't count the cost.... Passion is destructive. W Somerset Maugham

The sad Don Quixote of a worthless purpose. W Somerset Maugham

You bloody fool, you've killed the wrong man. W Somerset Maugham

The ballet. I saw in the fugitive beauty of a dancer's gesture a symbol of life. It was achieved at the cost of unending effort but, with all the forces of gravity against it, a fleeting poise in mid-air, a lovely attitude worthy to be made immortal in a bas-relief, it was lost as soon as it was gained and there remained no more than the memory of an exquisite emotion. So life, lived variously and largely, becomes a work of art only when brought to its beautiful conclusion and is reduced to nothingness in the moment when it arrives at perfection. W Somerset Maugham

The end of culture is right living W Somerset Maugham

Loving-kindness is the better part of goodness. W Somerset Maugham

No affectation of peculiarity can conceal a commonplace mind. W Somerset Maugham

If only the good were a little less heavy-footed W Somerset Maugham

Great writers create; writers of smaller gifts copy W Somerset Maugham

Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger. 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 salutary to train oneself to be no more affected by censure than by praise... W Somerset Maugham

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

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

Sentimentality is the only sentiment that rubs you up the wrong way. W Somerset Maugham



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