William Somerset Maugham

1874 - 1965

A Quote by William Somerset Maugham on now, present, moment, and value

The passing moment is all we can be sure of; it is only common sense to extract the most value from it.

William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

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A Quote by William Somerset Maugham on somerset and maugham

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.

William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

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A Quote by William Somerset Maugham on humbleness, influence, and inspiring

  ... [He] is not famous. It may be that he never will be. It may be that when his life at last comes to an end he will leave no more trace of his sojourn on earth than a stone thrown into a river leaves on the surface of the water. But it may be that the way of life that he has chosen for himself and the peculiar strength and sweetness of his character may have an ever-growing influence over his fellow men so that, long after his death perhaps, it may be realized that there lived in this age a very remarkable creature.

William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

Source: The Razor's Edge

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A Quote by William Somerset Maugham on bitterness, cruelty, failure, humility, ideas, kindness, people, success, and tolerance

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 (1874 - 1965)

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A Quote by William Somerset Maugham on guidance and traditions

Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.

William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

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A Quote by William Somerset Maugham on death

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I [Death] was astonished to see him in Baghdad, for I had an appointment with him tonight in Samarra.

William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

Source: Sheppy, 1900, act III

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A Quote by William Somerset Maugham on conversation, leisure, and life

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

William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

Source: The Trembling of a Leaf, 1921, ch. 3

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A Quote by William Somerset Maugham on advice and death

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

William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

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A Quote by William Somerset Maugham on day, pity, and thought

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

William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

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A Quote by William Somerset Maugham on mediocrity

Only a mediocre person is always at his best.

William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

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