William Somerset Maugham

1874 - 1965

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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A Quote by William Somerset Maugham on entertainment

I would sooner read a timetable or a catalog than nothing at all. They are much more entertaining than half the novels that are written.

William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

Source: The Summing Up, 1938

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A Quote by William Somerset Maugham on certainty

There is only one thing about which I am certain, and this is that there is very little about which one can be certain.

William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

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A Quote by William Somerset Maugham on difficulty, good, life, and nature

Commonsense and good nature will do a lot to make the pilgrimage of life not too difficult.

William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

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A Quote by William Somerset Maugham on community, conscience, evolution, individuality, and rules

Conscience is the guardian in the individual of the rules which the community has evolved for its own preservation.

William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

Source: The Moon and Sixpence, 1919, ch. 14

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A Quote by William Somerset Maugham on evil, order, and universe

There is no explanation for evil. It must be looked upon as a necessary part of the order of the universe. To ignore it is childish, to bewail it senseless.

William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

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A Quote by William Somerset Maugham on acceptance, funny, and life

It's funny about life: if you refuse to accept anything but the very best you will very often get it.

William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

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A Quote by William Somerset Maugham on freedom, irony, money, and nations

If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too.

William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

Source: Strictly Personal, 1941, ch. 31

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A Quote by William Somerset Maugham on opportunity, sacrifice, and women

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

William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

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A Quote by William Somerset Maugham on novelty, rules, and writing

There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

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