Quotes by William Somerset Maugham
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.
To eat well in England, you should have a breakfast three times a day.
It is unsafe to take your reader for more of a fool than he is.
Money is the string with which a sardonic destiny directs the motions of its puppets.
What has influenced my life more than any other single thing has been my stammer. Had I not stammered I would probably... have gone to Cambridge as my brothers did, perhaps have become a don and every now and then published a dreary book about French literature.
Now the world in general doesn't know what to make of originality; it is startled out of its comfortable habits of thought, and its first reaction is one of anger.
The trouble with our younger authors is that they are all in the sixties.
She gathered herself together. No one could describe the scorn of her expression or the contemptuous hatred she out into her answer.
"You men! You filthy dirty pigs! You're all the same, all of you. Pigs! Pigs!"
What makes old age hard to bear is not the failing of one's faculties, mental and physical, but the burden of one's memories.
My own belief is that there is hardly anyone whose sexual life, if it were broadcast, would not fill the world at large with surprise and horror.
Dying is a very dull, dreary affair. And my advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it.
He knew that women appreciated neither irony nor sarcasm, but simple jokes and funny stories. He was amply provided with both.
The tragedy of love is indifference.
Do you know that conversation is one of the greatest pleasures in life? But it wants leisure.
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