W. Somerset Maugham quotes

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What has influenced my life more than any other single thing has been my stammer. Had I not stammered I would probably ... have go ...
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 reputatio ...
From the earliest times the old have rubbed it into the young that they are wiser than they, and before the young had discovered w ...
It's very hard to be a gentleman and a writer.
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: yo ...
For if the proper study of mankind is man, it is evidently more sensible to occupy yourself with the coherent, substantial and sig ...
A man who is a politician at forty is a statesman at three score and ten. It is at this age, when he would be too old to be a cler ...
I can imagine no more comfortable frame of mind for the conduct of life than a humorous resignation.
He did not live, he observed life from a window, and too often was inclined to content himself with no more than what his friends ...
Common-sense appears to be only another name for the thoughtlessness of the unthinking. It is made of the prejudices of childhood, ...
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