W. Somerset Maugham Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous W. Somerset Maugham quotes and W. Somerset Maugham sayings, and W. Somerset Maugham proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

"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"

"When you choose your friends, don’t be short-changed by choosing personality over character."

"Old age is ready to undertake tasks that youth shirked because they would take too long."

"Old age has its pleasures, which, though different, are not less than the pleasures of youth."

"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."

"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."

"Our natural egoism leads us to judge people by their relations to ourselves. We want them to be certain things to us, and for us that is what they are; because the rest of them is no good to us, we ignore it."

"When we come to judge others it is not by ourselves as we really are that we judge them, but by an image that we have formed of ourselves from which we have left out everything that offends our vanity or would discredit us in the eyes of the world."

"Tradition is a guide and not a jailer."

"Tolerance is another word for indifference."

"Common sense and nature will do a lot to make the pilgrimage of life not too difficult."

"If it is necessary sometimes to lie to others, it is always despicable to lie to oneself."

"The love that lasts longest is the love that is never returned."

"Perfect is determined in shortened measures of time, not over long periods of time or lifetimes. It would be unnatural."

"Perfection is a trifle dull. It is not the least of life’s ironies that this, which we all aim at, is better not quite achieved."

"Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young."

"It’s a funny thing about life: if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it."

"The rain fell alike upon the just and upon the unjust, and for nothing was there a why and a wherefore."

"People ask you for criticism, but they only want praise."

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