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.
To write simply is as difficult as to be good.
Man has always sacrificed truth to his vanity, comfort and advantage. He lives by make-believe.
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
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