W. Somerset Maugham Quotes

Hypocrisy is the most difficult and nerve-racking vice that any man can pursue; it needs an unceasing vigilance and a rare detachment of spirit. It cannot,like adultery or gluttony, be practiced at spare moments; it is a whole-time job.

W. Somerset Maugham

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

W. Somerset Maugham

Dying is a very dull, dreary affair. And my advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it.

W. Somerset Maugham

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

W. Somerset Maugham

To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all of the miseries of life.

W. Somerset Maugham

Simplicity and naturalness are the truest marks of distinction.

W. Somerset Maugham

There is no explanation for evil. It must be looked upon as a necessary part of the order of the universe. To ignore it is childish, to bewail it senseless.

W. Somerset Maugham

The most useful thing about a principle is that it can always be sacrificed to expediency.

W. Somerset Maugham

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

W. Somerset Maugham

For if the proper study of mankind is man, it is evidently more sensible to occupy yourself with the coherent, substantial and significant creatures of fiction than with the irrational and shadowy figures of real life.

W. Somerset Maugham

Like all weak men he laid an exaggerated stress on not changing ones mind.

W. Somerset Maugham

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: you can smell it and that is all1

W. Somerset Maugham

Life is so largely controlled by chance that its conduct can be but a perpetual improvisation.

W. Somerset Maugham

The end of culture is right living.

W. Somerset Maugham

I daresay one profits more by the mistakes one makes off one's own bat than by doing the right thing on somebody's else advice.

W. Somerset Maugham

Tolerance is another word for indifference.

W. Somerset Maugham
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