William Somerset Maugham

1874 - 1965

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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A Quote by William Somerset Maugham on adultery

You know, of course, that the Tasmanians, who never committed adultery, are now extinct.

William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

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A Quote by William Somerset Maugham on beauty, idealism, and names

The ideal has many names, and beauty is but one of them.

William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

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A Quote by William Somerset Maugham on criticism, people, and praise

People ask you for criticism, but they only want praise.

William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

Source: Of Human Bondage, ch. 50.

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A Quote by William Somerset Maugham on character, culture, justice, life, nations, and time

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.

William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

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