W. Somerset Maugham

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes and Sayings

W. Somerset Maugham English dramatist & novelist (1874 - 1965)

Art is merely the refuge which the ingenious have invented, when they were supplied with food and women, to escape the tediousness of life. ~W. Somerset Maugham

I do not confer praise or blame: I accept. I am the measure of all things. I am the centre of the world. ~W. Somerset Maugham

Men seek but one thing in life - their pleasure. ~W. Somerset Maugham

Dying is a very dull, dreary affair. And my advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it. ~W. Somerset Maugham

Money is like a sixth sense without which you cannot make a complete use of the other five. ~W. Somerset Maugham

He had heard people speak contemptuously of money: he wondered if they had ever tried to do without it. ~W. Somerset Maugham

There is hardly anyone whose sexual life, if it were broadcast, would not fill the world at large with surprise and horror. ~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

When I read a book I seem to read it with my eyes only, but now and then I come across a passage, perhaps only a phrase, which has a meaning for me, and it becomes part of me. ~W. Somerset Maugham

At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely. ~W. Somerset Maugham

The important thing was to love rather than to be loved. ~W. Somerset Maugham

The rain fell alike upon the just and upon the unjust, and for nothing was there a why and a wherefore. ~W. Somerset Maugham

When you have loved as she has loved, you grow old beautifully. ~W. Somerset Maugham

She had a pretty gift for quotation, which is a serviceable substitute for wit. ~W. Somerset Maugham

Follow your inclinations with due regard to the policeman round the corner. ~W. Somerset Maugham

There was an immeasurable distance between the quick and the dead: they did not seem to belong to the same species; and it was strange to think that but a little while before they had spoken and moved and eaten and laughed. ~W. Somerset Maugham

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

When things are at their worst I find something always happens. ~W. Somerset Maugham

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

You are not angry with people when you laugh at them. Humor teaches them tolerance. ~W. Somerset Maugham

It was such a lovely day I thought it a pity to get up. ~W. Somerset Maugham