Quotes by W. Somerset Maugham

I don’t think of the past. The only thing that matters is the everlasting present.
– W. Somerset Maugham

To bear failure with courage is the best proof of character that anyone can give.
– W. Somerset Maugham

Women are constantly trying to commit suicide for love, but generally they take care not to succeed.
– W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence

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.
– W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence

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

If 50 million people say something foolish, it is still foolish.
– W. Somerset Maugham

If nobody spoke unless he had something to say, the human race would very soon lose the use of speech.
– W. Somerset Maugham, The Painted Veil

One can be very much in love with a woman without wishing to spend the rest of one’s life with her.
– W. Somerset Maugham, The Painted Veil

It’s a very funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.
– W. Somerset Maugham

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

The unfortunate thing about this world is that good habits are so much easier to give up than bad ones.
– W. Somerset Maugham

Unfortunately sometimes one can’t do what one thinks is right without making someone else unhappy.
– W. Somerset Maugham

It’s no use crying over spilt milk, because all of the forces of the universe were bent on spilling it.
– W. Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage

You can do anything in this world if you are prepared to take the consequences.
– W. Somerset Maugham

Only a mediocre person is always at his best.
– W. Somerset Maugham

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.
– W. Somerset Maugham

If a man hasn’t what’s necessary to make a woman love him, it’s his fault, not hers.
– W. Somerset Maugham, The Painted Veil

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

Money is like a sixth sense without which you cannot make a complete use of the other five.
– W. Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage

Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.
– W. Somerset Maugham

It wasn’t until late in life that I discovered how easy it is to say “I don’t know.
– W. Somerset Maugham

Sometimes people carry to such perfection the mask they have assumed that in due course they actually become the person they seem.
– W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence

There is no cruelty greater than a woman’s to a man who loves her and whom she does not love; she has no kindness then, no tolerance even, she has only an insane irritation.
– W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence

I’ll give you my opinion of the human race in a nutshell… their heart’s in the right place, but their head is a thoroughly inefficient organ.
– W. Somerset Maugham

Nothing in the world is permanent, and we’re foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we’re still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it. If change is of the essence of existence one would have thought it only sensible to make it the premise of our philosophy.
– W. Somerset Maugham, The Razor’s Edge

One cannot find peace in work or in pleasure, in the world or in a convent, but only in one’s soul.
– W. Somerset Maugham, The Painted Veil

If it is necessary sometimes to lie to others, it is always despicable to lie to oneself.
– W. Somerset Maugham, The Painted Veil

The love that lasts the longest is the love that is never returned.
– W. Somerset Maugham

I always find it more difficult to say the things I mean than the things I don’t.
– W. Somerset Maugham, The Painted Veil

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