William Somerset Maugham

1874 - 1965

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 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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A Quote by William Somerset Maugham on soul and wit

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Impropriety is the soul of wit.

William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

Source: The Moon and Sixpence, 1919, ch. 4

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A Quote by William Somerset Maugham on indifference, love, and tragedy

The tragedy of love is indifference.

William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

Source: The Trembling of a Leaf, 1921, ch. 4

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A Quote by William Somerset Maugham on facts, fighting, hell, judgment, laws, and students

There was once a professor of law who said to his students. When you are fighting a case, if you have facts on your side hammer them into the jury, and if you have the law on your side hammer it into the judge. But if you have neither the facts nor the law, asked one of his listeners? Then hammer the hell into the table, answered the professor.

William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

Source: Notebooks

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A Quote by William Somerset Maugham on achievement and love

Love is only the dirty trick played on us to achieve continuation of the species.

William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

Source: A Writer’s Notebook, 1949

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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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