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)
Contributed by: Zaady
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.
Source: The Summing Up, 1938
There is only one thing about which I am certain, and this is that there is very little about which one can be certain.
Commonsense and good nature will do a lot to make the pilgrimage of life not too difficult.
Conscience is the guardian in the individual of the rules which the community has evolved for its own preservation.
Source: The Moon and Sixpence, 1919, ch. 14
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.
It's funny about life: if you refuse to accept anything but the very best you will very often get it.
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.
Source: Strictly Personal, 1941, ch. 31
A woman will always sacrifice herself if you give her the opportunity. It is her favourite form of self-indulgence.
There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
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