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Top 100 Quotes About Somerset

#1. He could as little escape her as the cause can escape the effect. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#2. To eat well in England you should have breakfast three times a day. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#3. I do not know what put the idea of China into his head, but at first he must have thrust it aside with violent repulsion; and perhaps the very violence of his repulsion impressed the idea on him, for he found it haunting him. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#4. I do not like these painted faces that look all alike; and I think women are foolish to dull their expression and obscure their personality with powder, rouge, and lipstick. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#5. The gardener, an old sailor, made him a hammock and fixed it up for him in the branches of a weeping willow. And here for long hours he lay, hidden from anyone who might come to the vicarage, reading, reading passionately. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#6. She had added medicine because her brother-in-law practised it, but did not forget that in her young days no one ever considered the doctor a gentleman. The - Author: William Somerset Maugham
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#7. Life is so largely controlled by chance that its conduct can be but a perpetual improvisation. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#8. Perfection has one grave defect: it is apt to be dull. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#9. Are you watching the boats?" Cornelia guessed. She craned her neck to see if there was any excitement on the river.
Heavens no, I'm spying on people," Virginia responded unrepentantly.
-Cornelia E and Virginia Somerset - Author: Lesley M.M. Blume
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#10. The secret of play-writing can be given in two maxims: stick to the point, and, whenever you can, cut. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#11. We were staggered and immediately on the defensive, for she looked intellectual, and it made us feel shy. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#12. I made up my mind long ago that life was too short to do anything for myself that I could pay others to do for me. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#13. I tried to picture to myself the mosque before the Christians laid their desecrating hands upon it. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#14. I never spend more than one hour in a gallery. That is as long as one's power of appreciation persists. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#15. Perfect is determined in shortened measures of time, not over long periods of time or lifetimes. It would be unnatural. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#16. She would not risk to grow so fond of her home that it was a pain to leave it; she preferred to remain a wayfarer, sauntering through life with a heart keen to detect beauty, and a mind, open and unbiased, ready to laugh at the absurd. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#17. From the standpoint of what eternity is it better to have read a thousand books than to have ploughed a million furrows? - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#18. Though he believed implicitly everything he saw in print, he had learned already that in the Bible things that said one thing quite clearly often mysteriously meant another. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#19. You are not angry with people when you laugh at them. Humor teaches tolerance. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#20. I don't feel when I'm writing that I'm drawing from any other writer, but of course I must be. The writers I've admired have been not so very different from myself: Evelyn Waugh, for example, that kind of crystalline prose. And I've always admired W. Somerset Maugham more than any other writer. - Author: Charles McCarry
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#21. The past was finished; let the dead bury their dead. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#22. He realized that he was manacled hand and foot with fetters that were only more intolerable because they consisted of nothing more substantial than the dread of causing pain. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#23. It's no good trying to keep up old friendships. It's painful for both sides. The fact is, one grows out of people, and the only thing is to face it. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#24. He seemed to see his fellow creatures grotesquely, and he was angry with them because they were grotesque; life was a confusion of ridiculous, sordid happenings, a fit subject for laughter, and yet it made him sorrowful to laugh. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#25. Dying is the most hellishly boresome experience in the world! Particularly when it entails dying of 'natural causes'. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#26. There is no explanation for evil. It must be looked upon as a necessary part of the order of the universe. To ignore it is childish, to bewail it senseless. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#27. Art is merely the refuge which the ingenious have invented, when they were supplied with food and women, to escape the tediousness of life. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#28. I have always been convinced that if a woman once made up her mind to marry a man, nothing but instant flight could save him. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#29. She was one of those writers, far from rare in the world of letters, who suppose that push and pull are an adequate substitute for talent... - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#30. Did Beethoven create his symphonies for his glorification? I don't believe it. I believe he created them because the music in his soul demanded expression and then all he tried to do was to make them as perfect as he knew how. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#31. I have great affection for you, Roy" I answered, "but I don't think you are the sort of person I'd care to have breakfast with. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#32. Dying is a dull, dreary affair. my advice is that you have nothing whatever to with it. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#33. Any society that values wealth above freedom will lose its freedom, and will ultimately lose its wealth as well - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#34. What do you value in life then?"
"I'm afraid you'll laugh at me. Beauty, truth, and goodness. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#35. Though he had both esteem and admiration for the sensibility of the human race, he had little respect for their intelligence: man has always found it easier to sacrifice his life than to learn the multiplication table.
[Mr Harrington's washing] - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#36. She loved three things - a joke, a glass of wine, and a handsome man. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#37. What do you think it can be that makes him so queer? - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#38. She had learnt long ago that common sense, intelligence, good-nature, and strength of character were unimportant in comparison with a pretty face. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#39. What mean and cruel things men do for the love of God. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#40. He had been taught by his uncle that his prayers were more acceptable to God if he said them in his nightshirt than if he waited till he was dressed. This did not surprise him, for he was beginning to realize that he was the creature of a God who appreciated the discomfort of his worshipers. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#41. Dullness is the first requisite of a good husband. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#42. He lit his pipe again, smiling to himself quietly, with that painful smile of his, as though he were enjoying a joke that hurt him. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#43. He was left a good deal to himself. He had been inclined to talkativeness, but gradually he became silent. He began to think of the difference between himself and others. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#44. She did not know why it seemed to her so tragic to cry in her sleep. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#45. I always find it more difficult to say the things I mean than the things I don't. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#46. Death doesn't affect the living because it has not happened yet. Death doesn't concern the dead because they have ceased to exist. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#47. The best to be said for it is that when you've come to the conclusion that something is inevitable, all you can do is to make the best of it. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#48. The great American novel has not only already been written, it has already been rejected. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#49. I went to boarding school in Somerset and loved it so much that my teachers had to make me phone home when I first got there. Whenever I spoke to my mum, at the end of the call I would say, 'Love you, Mum', and she would say, 'Love you the most.' - Author: Ella Eyre
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#50. I wish to deal only with the masterpieces which the consensus of opinion for a long time has accepted as supreme. We are all supposed to have read them; it is a pity that so few of us have. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#51. A good style should show no signs of effort. What is written should seem a happy accident. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#52. we do not write as we want but as we can - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#53. No affectation of peculiarity can conceal a commonplace mind. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#54. In the country the darkness of night is friendly and familiar, but in a city, with its blaze of lights, it is unnatural, hostile and menacing. It is like a monstrous vulture that hovers, biding its time. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#55. Kant thought things, not because they were true, but because he was Kant. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#56. Himself an ugly man, insignificant
of appearance, he prized very highly comeliness in others. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#57. Oh, it's always the same,' she sighed, 'if you want men to behave well to you, you must be beastly to them; if you treat them decently they make you suffer for it. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#58. Men have always formed gods in their own image. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#59. Usage is the only test. I prefer a phrase that is easy and unaffected to a phrase that is grammatical. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#60. Some men are born out of their due place. Accident has cast them amid certain surroundings, but they have always a nostalgia for a home they know not. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#61. I have always wondered at the passion many people have to meet the celebrated. The prestige you acquire by being able to tell your friends that you know famous men proves only that you are yourself of small account - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#62. Words have weight, sound and appearance; it is only by considering these that you can write a sentence that is good to look at and good to listen to. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#63. Well, Henry, if I were you I wouldn't worry", said the lawyer. "My belief is that your boy's born lucky, and in the long run that's better than to be born clever or rich. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#64. She gathered herself together. No one could describe the scorn of her expression or the contemptuous hatred she put into her answer.
You men! You filthy dirty pigs! You're all the same, all of you. Pigs! Pigs! - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#65. The rain fell alike upon the just and upon the unjust, and for nothing was there a why and a wherefore. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#66. Tolerance is another word for indifference. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#67. Women are strange little beasts,' he said to Dr. Coutras. 'You can treat them like dogs, you can beat them till your arm aches, and still they love you.' He shrugged his shoulders. 'Of course, it is one of the most absurd illusions of Christianity that they have souls. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#68. It's wonderful doing concerts in places like New York and London, but I feel a responsibility to also bring my work home, to bring world-class, classical music to Somerset. - Author: Charles Hazlewood
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#69. A mother only does her children harm if she makes them the only concern of her life. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#70. Man has always found it easier to sacrifice his life than to learn the multiplication table. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#71. Life was not so horrible if it was meaningless, and he faced it with a strange sense of power. CIX - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#72. The belief in God, is not a matter of common sense or logic or argument, but of feeling. it is as impossible to prove the existence of God as to disprove it. I do not believe in God. I see no need of such an idea . - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#73. A dictator must fool all the people all the time and there's only one way to do that, he must also fool himself. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#74. Sentimentality is the only sentiment that rubs you the wrong way. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#75. Do you know that conversation is one of the greatest pleasures in life? But it wants leisure. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#76. If you want to eat well in England, eat three breakfasts. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#77. It speaks very well for human nature that with the masses of dear friends we have it's only to-day that one of them broke the news to us. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#78. He had thought of love as a rapture which seized one so that all the world seemed spring-like, he had looked forward to an ecstatic happiness; but this was not happiness; it was a hunger of the soul, it was a painful yearning, it was a bitter anguish, he had never known before. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#79. Things were easier for the old novelists who saw people all of a piece. Speaking generally, their heroes were good through and through, their villains wholly bad. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#80. People don't want reasons to do what they'd like to. They want excuses. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#81. The devil is a good actor," smiled Domingo. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#82. It's asking a great deal that things should appeal to your reason as well as your sense of the aesthetic. - Of Human Bondage - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#83. Perhaps the most important use of money - It saves time. Life is so short, and there's so much to do, one can't afford to waste a minute; and just think how much you waste, for instance, in walking from place to place instead of going by bus and in going by bus instead of by taxi. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#84. And what else is it that men seek in life but power? If they want money, it is but for the power that attends it, and it is power again that they strive for in all the knowledge they acquire. Fools and sots aim at happiness, but men aim only at power. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#85. Mrs Carey sighted as a woman but obey as a wife. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#86. How can I be reasonable? To me our love was everything and you were my whole life. It is not very pleasant to realize that to you it was only an episode. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#87. Any nation that thinks more of its ease and comfort than its freedom will soon lose its freedom; and the ironical thing about it is that it will lose its ease and comfort too. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#88. I wonder if it's ok being a second-rate painter. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#89. And then the critics, going back to the novels of his maturity, found that their English had a nervous, racy vigour that eminently suited the matter. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#90. And then he felt the misery of his life. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#91. It is unsafe to take your reader for more of a fool than he is. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#92. I shall beat you,' he said, looking at her.
How else should I know you loved me,' she answered. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#93. No woman is worth more than a fiver unless you're in love with her. Then she's worth all she costs you. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#94. The novel may stimulate you to think. It may satisfy your aesthetic sense. It may arouse your moral emotions. But if it does not entertain you it is a bad novel. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#95. Music-hall songs provide the dull with wit, just as proverbs provide them with wisdom. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#96. I've been quite happy. Look, here are my proofs. Remember that I am indifferent to discomforts which would harass other folk. What do the circumstances of life matter if your dreams make you lord paramount of time and space? - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#97. His love became a prison from which he longed to escape, but he had not the strength merely to open the door-that was all it needed-and walk out into the open air. It was torture and at last he became numb and hopeless. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#98. There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#99. The important thing was to love rather than to be loved. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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#100. Common-sense appears to be only another name for the thoughtlessness of the unthinking. It is made of the prejudices of childhood, the idiosyncrasies of individual character and the opinion of the newspapers. - Author: W. Somerset Maugham
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