William Somerset Maugham

1874 - 1965

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 quality

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Reserve is an artificial quality that is developed in most of us but as the result of innumerable rebuffs.

William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

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A Quote by William Somerset Maugham on life, surprises, and world

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

William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

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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 belief, country, elderly, friendship, god, people, praise, religion, and vulgarity

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.

William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

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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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