Quotes by: W. Somerset Maugham
|William Somerset Maugham
Maugham photographed by Carl Van Vechten in 1934
||William Somerset Maugham
25 January 1874
UK Embassy, Paris, France
||16 December 1965
Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France
||Playwright, novelist, short story writer
||St Thomas's Hospital Medical School (now part of King's College London), M.B.B.S., 1897
||Of Human Bondage
The Moon and Sixpence
Cakes and Ale
The Razor's Edge
||Syrie Wellcome (m. 1917; div. 1929)
||Mary Elizabeth Maugham
Alan Searle (adopted, 1962)
Love is only a dirty trick played on us to achieve continuation of the species.
The most useful thing about a principle is that it can always be sacrificed to expediency.
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.
It's no good trying to keep up old friendships. It's painful for both sides. The fact is, one grows out of people, and the only thing is to face it.
It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.
We have long passed the Victorian Era when asterisks were followed after a certain interval by a baby.
Money is like a sixth sense without which you cannot make a complete use of the other five.
Death doesn't affect the living because it has not happened yet. Death doesn't concern the dead because they have ceased to exist.
Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.
The artist produces for the liberation of his soul. It is his nature to create as it is the nature of water to run down the hill.
Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger. There is really nothing to be said about it. It is like the perfume of a rose: you can smell it and that is all.
It is not wealth one asks for, but just enough to preserve one's dignity, to work unhampered, to be generous, frank and independent.
Like all weak men he laid an exaggerated stress on not changing one's mind.
Let us develop the resources of our land, call forth its powers, build up its institutions, promote all its great interests, and see whether we also, in our day and generation, may not perform something worthy to be remembered.
The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain, egotistic and self-complacent is erroneous; on the contrary it makes them, for the most part, humble, tolerant and kind.
Marriage is a very good thing, but I think it's a mistake to make a habit out of it.
Death is a very dull, dreary affair, and my advice to you is to have nothing whatsoever to do with it.
Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.
You can do anything in this world if you are prepared to take the consequences.