The best Quotes by William Somerset Maugham

The best Quotes by William Somerset Maugham

William Somerset Maugham (25 January 1874 – 16 December 1965) was an English writer, known for his plays, novels and short stories. Born in Paris, where he spent his first ten years, Maugham was schooled in England and went to a German university.

Like all weak men he laid an exaggerated stress on not changing one's mind.
The fact that a great many people believe something is no guarantee of its truth.
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.
The only important thing in a book is the meaning that it has for you.
Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul.
The great tragedy of life is not that men perish, but that they cease to love.
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To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.
If a man hasn't what's necessary to make a woman love him, it's his fault, not hers.
As lovers, the difference between men and women is that women can love all day long, but men only at times.
There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
If it is necessary sometimes to lie to others, it is always despicable to lie to oneself.
People ask you for criticism, but they only want praise.
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.
Only a mediocre person is always at his best.
One can be very much in love with a woman without wishing to spend the rest of one's life with her.
If you want to eat well in England, eat three breakfasts.
The secret to life is meaningless unless you discover it yourself.
There's always one who loves and one who lets himself be loved.
Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.

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It's the way it works: Love plus time minus distance equals hate.
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Finding someone you love and who loves you back is a wonderful, wonderful feeling. But finding a true soul mate is an even better feeling. A soul mate is someone who understands you like no other, loves you like no other, will be there for you forever, no matter what. They say that nothing lasts forever, but I am a firm believer in the fact that for some, love lives on even after we're gone.
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If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.
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I can choose either to be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure. It's all a question of how I view my life.
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So you're single? In Paris? Now I'm even more jealous. I mean, your life is croissants and sex.
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I make the most money, I think, in Russia and Paris, for the people of those countries are so willing to be amused, so eager to see something new and out of the ordinary.
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Who's the more foolish? The fool or the fool who follows him?
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Men must be free to do what they believe. It is not our right to punish one for thinking what they do, no matter how much we disagree.
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And if you think tough men are dangerous, wait until you see what weak men are capable of.
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Lies are comforting. Truth is painful.
I mean, you could claim that anything's real if the only basis for believing in it is that nobody's proved it doesn't exist!
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It is not the strong or the smart that survive, but the ones who can bring about change.
Celestia Ludenberg in Danganronpa
A mind needs books like a sword needs a whetstone.
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Philippe: "Tell me Driss, why do you think people are interested in art?"
Driss: "I don't know, it's a business?"
Philippe: "No. That's because it's the only thing one leaves behind."
Driss in Intouchables
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There's no death for those who don't fear it.
If you only ever read one book in your life I highly recommend... keeping your f*cking mouth shut.
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The devil's voice is sweet to hear.
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Poetry, she thought, wasn't written to be analyzed, it was meant to inspire without reason, to touch without understanding.
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The bigger the lie, the more people believe in it.
If my critics saw me walking on water, they would say it's because I can't swim.
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You think the dead we loved ever truly leave us? You think we don’t recall them more clearly than ever in times of great trouble? Your father is alive in you, Harry, and shows himself plainly when you have need of him.
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All grown-ups were once children... but only few of them remember it.
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Violet: "I'm so looking forward to seeing your mother again. When I'm with her, I'm reminded of the virtues of the English."
Matthew: "But isn't she American?"
Violet: "Exactly."
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If you can't find something to live for, you best find something to die for.
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Tradition does not mean that the living are dead, it means that the dead are living.
Ich gehe langsam, aber ich gehe nie zurück.
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Innovation is about seeing things from a different perspective.
Amaury Guichon in School of Chocolate - Season 1 Episode 1
What do you call a deer wearing an explosive belt?
Bombi

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