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 :: 1874-1965, British Novelist, Playwright

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Sentimentality is the only sentiment that rubs you the wrong way.
~ W. Somerset Maugham - [Sentiment]

 

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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 gone to Cambridge as my brothers did, perhaps have become a don and every now and then published a dreary book about French literature.
~ W. Somerset Maugham - [Speech]

 

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The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain, egotistic, and self-complacent is erroneous, on the contrary, it makes them for the most part, humble, tolerant, and kind. Failure makes people bitter and cruel.
~ W. Somerset Maugham - [Success]

 

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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 - [Suffering]

 

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Tolerance is only another name for indifference.
~ W. Somerset Maugham - [Tolerance]

 

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Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.
~ W. Somerset Maugham - [Tradition]

 

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I've always been interested in people, but I've never liked them.
~ W. Somerset Maugham - [People]

 

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American women expect to find in their husbands a perfection that English women only hope to find in their butlers.
~ W. Somerset Maugham - [Perfection]

 

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Perfection has one grave defect. It is apt to be dull.
~ W. Somerset Maugham - [Perfection]

 

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Perfection is a trifle dull. It is not the least of life's ironies that this, which we all aim at, is better not quite achieved.
~ W. Somerset Maugham - [Perfection]

 

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Perfection is what American women expect to find in their husbands... but English women only hope to find in their butlers.
~ W. Somerset Maugham - [Perfection]

 

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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 clerk or a gardener or a police-court magistrate, that he is ripe to govern a country.
~ W. Somerset Maugham - [Politicians and Politics]

 

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It is unfair to expect a politician to live in private up to the statements he makes in public.
~ W. Somerset Maugham - [Politicians and Politics]

 

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If forty million people say a foolish thing it does not become a wise one, but the wise man is foolish to give them the lie.
~ W. Somerset Maugham - [Public Opinion]

 

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The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit.
~ W. Somerset Maugham - [Quotations]

 

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I can imagine no more comfortable frame of mind for the conduct of life than a humorous resignation.
~ W. Somerset Maugham - [Resignation]

 

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We learn resignation not by our own suffering, but by the suffering of others.
~ W. Somerset Maugham - [Resignation]

 

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You are not angry with people when you laugh at them. Humor teaches tolerance.
~ W. Somerset Maugham - [Laughter]

 

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The great critic must be a philosopher, for from philosophy he will learn serenity, impartiality, and the transitoriness of human things.
~ W. Somerset Maugham - [Literary Criticism]

 

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Love is what happens to a man and woman who don't know each other.
~ W. Somerset Maugham - [Love]

 

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