She had a pretty gift for quotation, which is a serviceable substitute for wit.
William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)
Contributed by: Zaady
The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit.
To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.
Impropriety is the soul of wit.
Source: The Moon and Sixpence, 1919, ch. 4
You know, of course, that the Tasmanians, who never committed adultery, are now extinct.
The ideal has many names, and beauty is but one of them.
People ask you for criticism, but they only want praise.
Source: Of Human Bondage, ch. 50.
Culture is not just an ornament; it is the expression of a nation's character, and at the same time it is a powerful instrument to mould character. The end of culture is right living.
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