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Type: Novelist
Nationality: English
Date of Birth: 25/02/1874
Date of Death: 16/12/1965




 

William Somerset Maugham Quotes

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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.
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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.
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Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.
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People ask for criticism, but they only want praise.
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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. Failure makes people cruel and bitter.
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It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.
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Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger. There is really nothing to be said about it. It is like the perfume of a rose: you can smell it and that is all.
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