W. Somerset Maugham Quotes

British playwright, novelist and short story writer

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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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

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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

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

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

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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

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

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

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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

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

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