W. Somerset Maugham Quotes

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

~ W. Somerset Maugham

Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.

~ W. Somerset Maugham

I daresay one profits more by the mistakes one makes off one's own bat than by doing the right thing on somebody's else advice.

~ W. Somerset Maugham

Men seek but one thing in life - their pleasure.

~ W. Somerset Maugham

I don't think of the past. The only thing that matters is the everlasting present.

~ W. Somerset Maugham

Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.

~ W. Somerset Maugham

We know our friends by their defects rather than by their merits.

~ W. Somerset Maugham

It is an illusion that youth is happy, an illusion of those who have lost it but the young know they are wretched for they are full of the truthless ideal which have been instilled into them, and each time they come in contact with the real, they are bruised and wounded.

~ W. Somerset Maugham

It's asking a great deal that things should appeal to your reason as well as your sense of the aesthetic.

~ W. Somerset Maugham

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

~ W. Somerset Maugham

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