William Somerset Maugham
Paris

Quotes

11 November 2014
At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely.
11 November 2014
I made up my mind long ago that life was too short to do anything for myself that I could pay others to do for me.
11 November 2014
Few misfortunes can befall a boy which bring worse consequences than to have a really affectionate mother.
11 November 2014
Men have an extraordinarily erroneous opinion of their position in nature; and the error is ineradicable.
11 November 2014
When you are young you take the kindness people show you as your right.
11 November 2014
It is not true that suffering ennobles the character; happiness does that sometimes, but suffering, for the most part, makes men petty and vindictive.
11 November 2014
Perfection is a trifle dull. It is not the least of life's ironies that this, which we all aim at, is better not quite achieved.
11 November 2014
Habits in writing as in life are only useful if they are broken as soon as they cease to be advantageous.
11 November 2014
Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul.
11 November 2014
There is no explanation for evil. It must be looked upon as a necessary part of the order of the universe. To ignore it is childish, to bewail it senseless.

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