William Somerset Maugham

1874 - 1965

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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A Quote by William Somerset Maugham on drugs, garden, good, habits, mountains, promises, religion, women, and world

Marco Polo tells the tale of The Old Man in the Mountains and how he recruits new members to his Band of Assassins by means of drugs, beautiful women, lush gardens, and religious promises. The unfortunate thing about this world is that the good habits are much easier to give up than the bad ones.

William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

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A Quote by William Somerset Maugham on hatred and men

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She [Sadie Thompson] gathered herself together. No one could describe the scorn of her expression or the contemptuous hatred she put into her answer. "You men! You filthy dirty pigs! You're all the same, all of you. Pigs! Pigs!"

William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

Source: Altogether, 1934. Rain

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A Quote by William Somerset Maugham on age, beginning, elderly, learning, and youth

When I was young I was amazed at Plutarch's statement that the elder Cato began at the age of eighty to learn Greek. I am amazed no longer. Old age is ready to undertake tasks that youth shirked because they would take too long.

William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

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A Quote by William Somerset Maugham on excess, habits, and moderation

Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.

William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

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A Quote by William Somerset Maugham on day, good, men, and soul

I forget who it was that recommended men for their soul's good to do each day two things they disliked. . . . It is a precept I have followed scrupulously: for every day I have got up and I have gone to bed.

William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

Source: The Moon and Sixpence, 1919, ch. 2

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A Quote by William Somerset Maugham on gifts, quotations, and wit

She had a pretty gift for quotation, which is a serviceable substitute for wit.

William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

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A Quote by William Somerset Maugham on ability, quotations, and wit

The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit.

William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

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A Quote by William Somerset Maugham on habits, life, and reading

To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.

William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

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