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Quotation by W. Somerset Maugham
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).
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