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W. Somerset Maugham Quotes: "Marriage is a very good thing, but I think it’s a mistake to make a habit of it."

Marriage is a very good thing, but I think it’s a mistake to make a habit of it.




W. Somerset Maugham Quotes: "Milk is very nice, especially with a drop of brandy in it, but the domestic cow is only too glad to be rid of it. A swollen udder is very uncomfortable"

Milk is very nice, especially with a drop of brandy in it, but the domestic cow is only too glad to be rid of it. A swollen udder is very uncomfortable



W. Somerset Maugham Quotes: "I will continue to write moral stories in rhymed couplets. But I should be thrice a fool if I did it for aught but my own entertainment."

I will continue to write moral stories in rhymed couplets. But I should be thrice a fool if I did it for aught but my own entertainment.



W. Somerset Maugham Quotes: "Dying is a dull, dreary affair. my advice is that you have nothing whatever to with it."

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




W. Somerset Maugham Quotes: "Love is what happens to men and women who don't know each other."

Love is what happens to men and women who don't know each other.



W. Somerset Maugham Quotes: "A woman can forgive a man for the harm he does her . . . but she can never forgive him for the sacrifices he makes on her account."

A woman can forgive a man for the harm he does her . . . but she can never forgive him for the sacrifices he makes on her account.



W. Somerset Maugham Quotes: "Why did you look at the sunset?'Philip answered with his mouth full:Because I was happy."

Why did you look at the sunset?'Philip answered with his mouth full:Because I was happy.




W. Somerset Maugham Quotes: "It might be that to surrender to happiness was to accept defeat, but it was a defeat better than many victories."

It might be that to surrender to happiness was to accept defeat, but it was a defeat better than many victories.



W. Somerset Maugham Quotes: "The only important thing in a book is the meaning that it has for you."

The only important thing in a book is the meaning that it has for you.



W. Somerset Maugham Quotes: "Marriage is a very good thing, but I think it's a mistake to make a habit out of it."

Marriage is a very good thing, but I think it's a mistake to make a habit out of it.



W. Somerset Maugham Quotes: "No egoism is so insufferable as the Christian with regard to his soul."

No egoism is so insufferable as the Christian with regard to his soul.



W. Somerset Maugham Quotes: "She says it's really not very flattering to her that the women who fall in love with her husband are so uncommonly second-rate."

She says it's really not very flattering to her that the women who fall in love with her husband are so uncommonly second-rate.




W. Somerset Maugham Quotes: "There are three secrets to writing a novel. Unfortunately nobody knows what they are."

There are three secrets to writing a novel. Unfortunately nobody knows what they are.



W. Somerset Maugham Quotes: "It's no use crying over spilt milk, because all of the forces of the universe were bent on spilling it."

It's no use crying over spilt milk, because all of the forces of the universe were bent on spilling it.



W. Somerset Maugham Quotes: "She had a pretty gift for quotation, which is a serviceable substitute for wit."

She had a pretty gift for quotation, which is a serviceable substitute for wit.



W. Somerset Maugham Quotes: "Only a mediocre person is always at his best."

Only a mediocre person is always at his best.



W. Somerset Maugham Quotes: "I thought with melancholy how an author spends months writing a book, and maybe puts his heart’s blood into it, and then it lies about unread till the reader has nothing else in the world to do."

I thought with melancholy how an author spends months writing a book, and maybe puts his heart’s blood into it, and then it lies about unread till the reader has nothing else in the world to do.



W. Somerset Maugham Quotes: "Any nation that thinks more of its ease and comfort than its freedom will soon lose its freedom and the ironical thing about it is that it will lose its ease and comfort too."

Any nation that thinks more of its ease and comfort than its freedom will soon lose its freedom and the ironical thing about it is that it will lose its ease and comfort too.



W. Somerset Maugham Quotes: "She had never felt so light of heart and it seemed to her as though her body were a shell that lay at her feet and she pure spirit. Here was Beauty."

She had never felt so light of heart and it seemed to her as though her body were a shell that lay at her feet and she pure spirit. Here was Beauty.



W. Somerset Maugham Quotes: "Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul."

Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul.



W. Somerset Maugham Quotes: "The great tragedy of life is not that men perish, but that they cease to love."

The great tragedy of life is not that men perish, but that they cease to love.



W. Somerset Maugham Quotes: "Men seek but one thing in life - their pleasure."

Men seek but one thing in life - their pleasure.



W. Somerset Maugham Quotes: "One can be very much in love with a woman without wishing to spend the rest of one's life with her."

One can be very much in love with a woman without wishing to spend the rest of one's life with her.



W. Somerset Maugham Quotes: "The greatest tragedy of life is not that men perish but that they cease to love."

The greatest tragedy of life is not that men perish but that they cease to love.



W. Somerset Maugham Quotes: "I do not believe that I am a vindictive man, but when the immortal gods take a hand in the matter it is pardonable to observe the results with complacency."

I do not believe that I am a vindictive man, but when the immortal gods take a hand in the matter it is pardonable to observe the results with complacency.



W. Somerset Maugham Quotes: "Because women can do nothing except love, they've given it a ridiculous importance. They want to persuade us that it's the whole of life. It's an insignificant part."

Because women can do nothing except love, they've given it a ridiculous importance. They want to persuade us that it's the whole of life. It's an insignificant part.



W. Somerset Maugham Quotes: "She alone had been blind to his merit. Why? Because he loved her and she did not love him. What was it in the human heart that made you despise a man because he loved you?"

She alone had been blind to his merit. Why? Because he loved her and she did not love him. What was it in the human heart that made you despise a man because he loved you?



W. Somerset Maugham Quotes: "A mother only does her children harm if she makes them the only concern of her life."

A mother only does her children harm if she makes them the only concern of her life.



W. Somerset Maugham Quotes: "You can never know enough about your characters"

You can never know enough about your characters



W. Somerset Maugham Quotes: "It is not wealth one asks for, but just enough to preserve one's dignity, to work unhampered, to be generous, frank and independent."

It is not wealth one asks for, but just enough to preserve one's dignity, to work unhampered, to be generous, frank and independent.



W. Somerset Maugham Quotes: "Often the best way to overcome desire is to satisfy it."

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



W. Somerset Maugham Quotes: "If a man hasn't what's necessary to make a woman love him, it's his fault, not hers."

If a man hasn't what's necessary to make a woman love him, it's his fault, not hers.



W. Somerset Maugham Quotes: "I prefer a loose woman to a selfish one and a wanton to a fool."

I prefer a loose woman to a selfish one and a wanton to a fool.



W. Somerset Maugham Quotes: "The highest activities of consciousness have their origins in physical occurrences of the brain just as the loveliest melodies are not too sublime to be expressed by notes."

The highest activities of consciousness have their origins in physical occurrences of the brain just as the loveliest melodies are not too sublime to be expressed by notes.



W. Somerset Maugham Quotes: "Benevolence is often very peremptory."

Benevolence is often very peremptory.



W. Somerset Maugham Quotes: "I now, weak, old, diseased, poor, dying, hold still my soul in my hands, and I regret nothing."

I now, weak, old, diseased, poor, dying, hold still my soul in my hands, and I regret nothing.



W. Somerset Maugham Quotes: "A Unitarian very earnestly disbelieves what everyone else believes."

A Unitarian very earnestly disbelieves what everyone else believes.



W. Somerset Maugham Quotes: "If you don't change your beliefs, your life will be like this forever. Is that good news?"

If you don't change your beliefs, your life will be like this forever. Is that good news?



W. Somerset Maugham Quotes: "The path to Salvation is as narrow and as difficult to walk as a razor's edge."

The path to Salvation is as narrow and as difficult to walk as a razor's edge.



W. Somerset Maugham Quotes: "If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn't matter a damn how you write."

If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn't matter a damn how you write.



W. Somerset Maugham Quotes: "There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are."

There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.



W. Somerset Maugham Quotes: "I only wanted to suggest to you that self-sacrifice is a passion so overwhelming that beside it even lust and hunger are trifling."

I only wanted to suggest to you that self-sacrifice is a passion so overwhelming that beside it even lust and hunger are trifling.



W. Somerset Maugham Quotes: "Never pause unless you have a reason for it, but when you pause, pause as long as you can."

Never pause unless you have a reason for it, but when you pause, pause as long as you can.



W. Somerset Maugham Quotes: "The silence was enchanting. Infinite space seemed to enter it, and my spirit, alone with the stars, seemed capable of any adventure."

The silence was enchanting. Infinite space seemed to enter it, and my spirit, alone with the stars, seemed capable of any adventure.



W. Somerset Maugham Quotes: "You know, there are two good things in life, freedom of thought and freedom of action."

You know, there are two good things in life, freedom of thought and freedom of action.



W. Somerset Maugham Quotes: "Dinner a time when . . . one should eat wisely but not too well and talk well but not too wisely."

Dinner a time when . . . one should eat wisely but not too well and talk well but not too wisely.



W. Somerset Maugham Quotes: "How can I be reasonable? To me our love was everything and you were my whole life. It is not very pleasant to realize that to you it was only an episode."

How can I be reasonable? To me our love was everything and you were my whole life. It is not very pleasant to realize that to you it was only an episode.



W. Somerset Maugham Quotes: "It is dangerous to let the public behind the scenes. They are easily disillusioned and then they are angry with you for it was the illusion they loved."

It is dangerous to let the public behind the scenes. They are easily disillusioned and then they are angry with you for it was the illusion they loved.



W. Somerset Maugham Quotes: "Schools are made for the average. The holes are all round, and whatever shape the pegs are they must wedge in somehow. One hasn't time to bother about anything but the average."

Schools are made for the average. The holes are all round, and whatever shape the pegs are they must wedge in somehow. One hasn't time to bother about anything but the average.