Quotes by William Somerset Maugham

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Like all weak men he laid an exaggerated stress on not changing one's mind.

Foolishness, Opinions, WeaknessWilliam Somerset Maugham
 
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The fact that a great many people believe something is no guarantee of its truth.

Truth, VerschwörungstheorienWilliam Somerset Maugham
 
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We are not the same persons this year as last; nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person.

Love, ChangeWilliam Somerset Maugham
 
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The only important thing in a book is the meaning that it has for you.

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

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

Love, DeathWilliam Somerset Maugham
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To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.

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

SeductionWilliam Somerset Maugham
 
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As lovers, the difference between men and women is that women can love all day long, but men only at times.

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

WritingWilliam Somerset Maugham
 
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If it is necessary sometimes to lie to others, it is always despicable to lie to oneself.

LiesWilliam Somerset Maugham
 
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People ask you for criticism, but they only want praise.

CriticismWilliam Somerset Maugham
 
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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.

Memories, AgeWilliam Somerset Maugham
 
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Only a mediocre person is always at his best.

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

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If you want to eat well in England, eat three breakfasts.

England & Great BritainWilliam Somerset Maugham
 
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The secret to life is meaningless unless you discover it yourself.

Meaning, Wise SayingsWilliam Somerset Maugham
 
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There's always one who loves and one who lets himself be loved.

RelationshipsWilliam Somerset Maugham
 
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Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.

Tradition, Progress, InnovationWilliam Somerset Maugham
 
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