W. Somerset Maugham
Quotes, Sayings and Thoughts

It is a funny thing in life: if you refuse to accept anything but the very best you very often get it.

- W. Somerset Maugham

The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain, egoistic, 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.

- W. Somerset Maugham

A man marries to have a home, but also because he doesn't want to be bothered with sex and all that sort of thing.

- W. Somerset Maugham

When from time to time I have seen the persons with whom the great lovers satisfied their desires, I have often been more astonished by the robustness of their appetites than envious of their successes. It is obvious that you need not often go hungry if you are willing to dine off mutton hash and turnip tops.

- W. Somerset Maugham

Love is only a dirty trick played on us to achieve the continuation of the species.

- W. Somerset Maugham

A woman will always sacrifice herself if you give her the opportunity. It is her favorite form of self-indulgence.

- W. Somerset Maugham

You can't learn too soon that the most useful thing about a principle is that it can always be sacrificed to expediency.

- W. Somerset Maugham

Hypocrisy is the most difficult and nerve-racking vice that any man can pursue; it needs an unceasing vigilance and a rare detachment of spirit. It cannot, like adultery or gluttony, be practised at spare moments; it is a whole-time job.

- W. Somerset Maugham

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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.

- W. Somerset Maugham

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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

Most people have a furious itch to talk about themselves and are restrained only by the disinclination of others to listen. Reserve is an artificial quality that is developed in most of us as the result of inumerable rebuffs.

- W. Somerset Maugham

I forget who it was that recommended men for their soul's good to do each day two things they disliked - it is a precept that I have followed scrupulously; for every day I have got up and I have gone to bed.

- W. Somerset Maugham

I don't think you want too much sincerity in society. It would be like an iron girder in a house of cards.

- W. Somerset Maugham

Love is what happens to a man and women who don't know each other.

- W. Somerset Maugham

Dying is very dull, dreary affair. My advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it.

- W. Somerset Maugham