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Somerset Maugham

1874-1965 ,  British writer
Somerset MaughamEnglish novelist, playwright, and short-story writer whose work is characterized by a clear unadorned style, cosmopolitan settings, and a shrewd understanding of human nature.
He was among the most popular writers of his era and reputedly the highest-paid author during the 1930s.

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Money is like a sixth sense without which you cannot make a complete use of the other five.

There's always one who loves and one who lets himself be loved.

The love that lasts longest is the love that is never returned.

Love is what happens to men and women who don't know each other.

As if a woman ever loved a man for his virtue.

It is not wealth one asks for, but just enough to preserve one's dignity, to work unhampered, to be generous, frank and independent.

It is not true that suffering ennobles the character; happiness does that sometimes, but suffering, for the most part, makes men petty and vindictive.

Often the best way to overcome desire is to satisfy it.

Unfortunately sometimes one can't do what one thinks is right without making someone else unhappy.

An unfortunate thing about this world is that the good habits are much easier to give up than the bad ones.

People ask for criticism, but they only want praise.

The fact that a great many people believe something is no guarantee of its truth.

Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.

He had heard people speak contemptuously of money: he wondered if they had ever tried to do without it.

I always find it more difficult to say the things I mean than the things I don't.

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.

Only a mediocre person is always at his best.

There are two good things in life - freedom of thought and freedom of action.

If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn't matter a damn how you write.

At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely.

It was such a lovely day I thought it a pity to get up.

It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.

Follow your inclinations with due regard to the policeman round the corner.

When things are at their worst I find something always happens.

I don't think of the past. The only thing that matters is the everlasting present.

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.

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 are not angry with people when you laugh at them. Humor teaches tolerance.

Tolerance is another word for indifference.

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.

Impropriety is the soul of wit.

We know our friends by their defects rather than by their merits.

Old age is ready to undertake tasks that youth shirked because they would take too long.

Habits in writing as in life are only useful if they are broken as soon as they cease to be advantageous.

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