William Somerset Maugham

1874 - 1965

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 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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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 difficulty and good

To write simply is as difficult as to be good.

William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

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A Quote by William Somerset Maugham on belief, life, sacrifice, truth, and vanity

Man has always sacrificed truth to his vanity, comfort and advantage. He lives by make-believe.

William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

Source: The Summing Up, 1938

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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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