William Somerset Maugham

(1874-1965 / Paris)

William Somerset Maugham Quotes

  • ''Like all weak men he laid an exaggerated stress on not changing one's mind.''
    W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1966), British author. Of Human Bondage, ch. 39 (1915). Referring to the Vicar of Blackstable.
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  • ''It is not true that suffering ennobles the character; happiness does that sometimes, but suffering, for the most part, makes men petty and vindictive.''
    W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1966), British author. The Moon and Sixpence, ch. 17 (1919). Nearly twenty years later, Maugham used almost identical words to describe the suffering he witnessed as a medical student, in The Summing Up, ch. 19 (1938).
  • ''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.''
    W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965), British author. The Summing Up, ch. 76 (1938).
  • ''Habits in writing as in life are only useful if they are broken as soon as they cease to be advantageous.''
    W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965), British author. The Summing Up, ch. 48 (1938).
  • ''Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul.''
    W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965), British author. The Summing Up, ch. 48 (1938).
  • ''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.''
    W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965), British author. The Summing Up, ch. 73 (1938).

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