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W. Somerset Maugham Quotes

(1874-1965), British Novelist, Playwright

You know that the Tasmanians, who never committed adultery, are now extinct.

Category: Adultery

Old age has its pleasures, which, though different, are not less than the pleasures of youth.

Category: Age And Aging

Old age is ready to undertake tasks that youth shirked because they would take too long.

Category: Age And Aging

The complete life, the perfect pattern, includes old age as well as youth and maturity. The beauty of the morning and the radiance of noon are good, but it would be a very silly person who drew the curtains and turned on the light in order to shut out the tranquillity of the evening. Old age has its pleasures, which, though different, are not less than the pleasures of youth.

Category: Age And Aging

What makes old age hard to bear is not the failing of one's faculties, mental and physical, but the burden of one's memories.

Category: Age And Aging

When I was young I was amazed at Plutarch's statement that the elder Cato began at the age of eighty to learn Greek. I am amazed no longer. Old age is ready to undertake tasks that youth shirked because they would take too long.

Category: Age And Aging

Anyone can tell the truth, but only very few of us can make epigrams.

Category: Aphorisms And Epigrams

Sometimes a man hits upon a place to which he mysteriously feels that he belongs.

Category: Association

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 all.

Category: Beauty

The ideal has many names, and beauty is but one of them.

Category: Beauty

I would sooner read a timetable or a catalog than nothing at all.

Category: Books And Reading

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

Category: Christians And Christianity

Lady Hodmarsh and the duchess immediately assumed the clinging affability that persons of rank assume with their inferiors in order to show them that they are not in the least conscious of any difference in station between them.

Category: Class

I am told that today rather more than 60 per cent of the men who go to university go on a Government grant. This is a new class that has entered upon the scene. It is the white-collar proletariat. They do not go to university to acquire culture but to get a job, and when they have got one, scamp it. They have no manners and are woefully unable to deal with any social predicament. Their idea of a celebration is to go to a public house and drink six beers. They are mean, malicious and envious . They are scum.

Category: Colleges And Universities

Common sense and nature will do a lot to make the pilgrimage of life not too difficult.

Category: Common Sense