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I knew that suffering did not enoble; it degraded. It made men selfish, petty and suspicious. It absorbed them in small things...it made them less than men; and I wrote ferociously that we learn resignation not by our own suffering, but by the suffering of others.


W. Somerset Maugham

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It is dangerous to let the public behind the scenes. They are easily disillusioned and then they are...
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It's a funny thing about life: if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.
W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM
There is no explanation for evil. It must be looked upon as a necessary part of the order of the uni...
W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM
Common-sense appears to be only another name for the thoughtlessness of the unthinking. It is made o...
W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM
We seek pitifully to convey to others the treasures of our heart, but they have not the power to acc...
W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM
Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in...
W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM
You can do anything in this world if you are prepares to take the consequences.
W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM
Wives are people who feel they don't dance enough.
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With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die.
W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM
There is no explanation for evil. It must be looked upon as a necessary part of the order of the ...
W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM
We are not the same persons this year as last; nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, ...
W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM
Death is a very dull, dreary affair, and my advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it.
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I do not confer praise or blame: I accept. I am the measure of all things. I am the centre of the wo...
W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM
People ask for criticism, but they only want praise.
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A woman can forgive a man for the harm he does her...but she can never forgive him for the sacrifice...
W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM
The average American can get into the kingdom of heaven much more easily than he can get into the Bo...
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Tao. Some of us look for the Way in opium and some in God, some of us in whiskey and some in love. I...
W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM
The complete life, the perfect pattern, includes old age as well as youth and maturity. The beauty o...
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When I was young I was amazed at Plutarch's statement that the elder Cato began at the age of eighty...
W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM
You Europeans know nothing about America. Because we amass large fortunes you think we care for noth...
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A God that can be understood is no God. Who can explain the Infinite in words?
W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM
There was an immeasurable distance between the quick and the dead: they did not seem to belong to th...
W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM
One can be very much in love with a woman without wishing to spend the rest of one's life with her.
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I like manual labor. Whenever I've got waterlogged with study, I've taken a spell of it and found it...
W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM
To write simply is as difficult as to be good.
W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM
It is funny about life: if you refuse to accept anything but the very best you will very often get i...
W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM
We have long passed the Victorian era, when asterisks were followed after a certain interval by a ba...
W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM
You can do anything in this world if you are prepared to take the consequences.
W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM
Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul.
W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM
Tolerance is another word for indifference.
W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM
The love that lasts longest is the love that is never returned.
W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM
I'll give you my opinion of the human race in a nutshell... their heart's in the right place...
W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM
When you choose your friends, don't be short-changed by choosing personality over character.
W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM
The trouble with young writers is that they are all in their sixties.
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There is a sort of man who pays no attention to his good actions, but is tormented by his bad ones. ...
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Love is what happens to a man and woman who don't know each other.
W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM
We know our friends by their defects rather than their merits.
W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM
The secret to life is meaningless unless you discover it yourself.
W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM
You've been brought up like a gentleman and a Christian, and I should be false to the trust laid upo...
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Kant thought things, not because they were true, but because he was Kant.
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You know, there are two good things in life, freedom of thought and freedom of action.
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I know that I shall die struggling for breath, and I know that I shall be horribly afraid. I know th...
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He did not care if she was heartless, vicious and vulgar, stupid and grasping, he loved her. He woul...
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To eat well in England you should have breakfast three times a day.
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If you don't change your beliefs, your life will be like this forever. Is that good news?
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Of all these the richest in beauty is the beautiful life. That is the perfect work of art.
~Wad...
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I know that you're selfish, selfish beyond words, and I know that you haven't the nerve of a rabbit,...
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The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain, egotistic and self-complacent is err...
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It's a long, arduous road he's starting to travel, but it may be that at the end of it he'll find wh...
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... I was perturbed by the suspicion that the anguish of love contemned was alloyed in her broken he...
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[Emerson] had a gift of the picturesque phrase, but too often it is empty of meaning. He is a nimble...
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It was a night so beautiful that your soul seemed hardly able to bear the prison of the body.
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Women are strange little beasts,' he said to Dr. Coutras. 'You can treat them like dogs, you can bea...
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