W. Somerset Maugham Quotes
What makes old age hard to bear is not the failing of one's faculties, mental and physical, but the burden of one's memories.
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.
The world in general doesn't know what to make of originality; it is startled out of its comfortable habits of thought, and its first reaction is one of anger.
The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain, egotistic and self-complacent is erroneous; on the contrary it makes them, for the most part, humble, tolerant and kind.
The artist produces for the liberation of his soul. It is his nature to create as it is the nature of water to run down the hill.
Men have an extraordinarily erroneous opinion of their position in nature; and the error is ineradicable.
Let us develop the resources of our land, call forth its powers, build up its institutions, promote all its great interests, and see whether we also, in our day and generation, may not perform something worthy to be remembered.
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.
It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.
It is not wealth one asks for, but just enough to preserve one's dignity, to work unhampered, to be generous, frank and independent.
It is not true that suffering ennobles the character; happiness does that sometimes, but suffering for the most part, makes men petty and vindictive.
Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.
If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom, and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too.