William Somerset Maugham

1874 - 1965

A Quote by William Somerset Maugham on genius, idealism, and talent

Genius is talent provided with ideals.

William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

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A Quote by William Somerset Maugham on good, habits, and world

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

William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

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A Quote by William Somerset Maugham on indifference and tolerance

Tolerance is another word for indifference.

William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

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A Quote by William Somerset Maugham on anger, humor, laughter, people, and tolerance

You are not angry with people when you laugh at them. Humor teaches them tolerance.

William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

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A Quote by William Somerset Maugham on belief, exercise, imagination, and maturity

Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.

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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A Quote by William Somerset Maugham on men, mind, and weakness

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

William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

Source: Of Human Bondage, 1915, ch. 39

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A Quote by William Somerset Maugham on anxiety and money

There is nothing so degrading as the constant anxiety about one's means of livelihood. . . . Money is like a sixth sense without which you cannot make a complete use of the other five.

William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

Source: Of Human Bondage, 1915, ch. 51

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A Quote by William Somerset Maugham on beauty, hunger, and simplicity

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 (1874 - 1965)

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