William Somerset Maugham

1874 - 1965

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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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 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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