Quotes by: W. Somerset Maugham
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.
There are two good things in life - freedom of thought and freedom of action.
Few misfortunes can befall a boy which bring worse consequence than to have a really affectionate mother.
Old age has its pleasures, which, though different, are not less than the pleasures of youth.
Habits in writing as in life are only useful if they are broken as soon as they cease to be advantageous.
It is salutary to train oneself to be no more affected by censure than by praise.
We learn resignation not by our own suffering, but by the suffering of others.
Old age is ready to undertake tasks that youth shirked because they would take too long.
In Hollywood, the women are all peaches. It makes one long for an apple occasionally.
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.
You know what the critics are. If you tell the truth they only say you're cynical and it does an author no good to get a reputation for cynicism.
It is not true that suffering ennobles the character; happiness does that sometimes, but suffering for the most part, makes men petty and vindictive.