William Somerset Maugham

"If nobody spoke unless he had something to say, the human race would very soon lose the use of speech."


Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit."


Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Death is a very dull, dreary affair, and my advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it."


Rating: 4.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"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."


Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"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 cruel and bitter."


Rating: 5.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The crown of literature is poetry. It is its end and aim. It is the sublimest activity of the human mind. It is the achievement of beauty and delicacy. The writer of prose can only step aside when the poet passes."


Rating: 4.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"From the earliest times the old have rubbed it into the young that they are wiser than they, and before the young had discovered what nonsense this was they were old too, and it profited them to carry on the imposture."


Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"There is no explanation for evil. It must be looked upon as a necessary part of the order of the universe. To ignore it is childish, to bewail it senseless."


Rating: 6.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

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


Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Common-sense appears to be only another name for the thoughtlessness of the unthinking. It is made of the prejudices of childhood, the idiosyncrasies of individual character and the opinion of the newspapers."

William Somerset Maugham
William Somerset Maugham "A Writer's Notebook"

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"You know what the critics are. If you tell the truth they only say you're cynical and it does an author no good to get a reputation for cynicism."


Rating: 5.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Tolerance is only another name for indifference."

William Somerset Maugham
William Somerset Maugham "A Writer's Notebook"

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

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


Rating: 3.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

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


Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Tradition is a guide not a jailer."


Rating: 2.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"People ask you for criticism, but they only want praise."

William Somerset Maugham
William Somerset Maugham "Of Human Bondage"

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"It is not true that suffering ennobles the character; happiness does that sometimes, but suffering, for the most part, makes men petty and vindictive."

William Somerset Maugham
William Somerset Maugham "Moon and Sixpence"

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Money is the string with which a sardonic destiny directs the motions of its puppets."


Rating: 6.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Money is like a sixth sense without which you cannot make a complete use of the other five."

William Somerset Maugham
William Somerset Maugham "Of Human Bondage "

Rating: 4.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Sometimes people carry to such perfection the mask they have assumed that in due course they actually become the person they seem."

William Somerset Maugham
William Somerset Maugham "The Moon and Sixpence"

Rating: 6.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"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."

William Somerset Maugham
William Somerset Maugham "The Moon and Sixpence"

Rating: 6.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely."

William Somerset Maugham
William Somerset Maugham "A Writer's Notebook"

Rating: 5.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

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


Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"There are two good things in life, freedom of thought and freedom of action."


Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"There's always one who loves and one who lets himself be loved."

William Somerset Maugham
William Somerset Maugham "Of Human Bondage"

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"I don`t think of the past. The only thing that matters is the everlasting present."


Rating: 1.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

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

William Somerset Maugham
William Somerset Maugham "Of Human Bondage"

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 2)