Authors - W. Somerset Maugham

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William Somerset Maugham (25 January 1874 - 16 December 1965) was an English playwright, novelist and short story writer. He was among the most popular writers of his era and reputedly the highest paid author during the 1930s. - Wikipedia

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Quote 305by Anonymous on 26/12/2010

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.
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    Quote 401by Anonymous on 02/01/2011

    Death is a very dull, dreary affair, and my advice to you is to have nothing whatsoever to do with it.
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      Quote 1189by Anonymous on 11/01/2011

      It is a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.
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        Quote 1532by Anonymous on 14/01/2011

        Money is like a sixth sense without which you cannot make a complete use of the other five.
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          Quote 1951by Anonymous on 19/01/2011

          Dying is a very dull, dreary affair. And my advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it.
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            Quote 2043by Anonymous on 21/01/2011

            The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit.
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              Quote 2776by Anonymous on 03/02/2011

              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.
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                Quote 3469by Anonymous on 06/02/2011

                There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
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                  Quote 5103by Anonymous on 17/05/2011

                  People ask for criticism, but they only want praise.
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                    Quote 5120by Anonymous on 21/05/2011

                    Women are often under the impression that men are much more madly in love with them than they really are.
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                      Quote 5270by Anonymous on 10/06/2011

                      Gifts allow us to demonstrate exactly how little we know about a person. And nothing pisses a person off more than being shoved into the wrong pigeonhole.
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                        Quote 5276by Anonymous on 10/06/2011

                        Money is a powerful aphrodisiac. But flowers work almost as well.
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                          Quote 5322by Anonymous on 19/06/2011

                          Like all weak men he laid an exaggerated stress on not changing one's mind.
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                            Quote 6041by Anonymous on 12/09/2011

                            The notion of picking one time of year to be decent to other people is obscene because it's actually validating the notion of being miserable wretches the rest of the year.
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                              Quote 6757by Anonymous on 07/10/2011

                              People do tell a writer things that they don't tell others. I don't know why, unless it is that having read one or two of his books they feel on peculiarly intimate terms with him; or it may be that they dramatize themselves and, seeing themselves as it were as characters in a novel, are ready to be as open with him as they imagine the characters of his invention are.
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                                Quote 7256by Anonymous on 29/10/2011

                                You get married at twenty, you're going to be shocked who you're living with at thirty.
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                                  Quote 7277by Anonymous on 30/10/2011

                                  It is easy to slip into a parallel universe. There are so many of them: worlds of the insane, the criminal, the crippled, the dying, perhaps of the dead as well. These worlds exist alongside this world and resemble it, but are not in it.
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                                    Quote 9302by Anonymous on 09/07/2012

                                    When you choose your friends, don't be short-changed by choosing personality over character.
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                                      Quote 10457by Anonymous on 06/10/2012

                                      Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul.
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                                        Quote 12027by Anonymous on 17/02/2013

                                        If you want to eat well in England, eat three breakfasts.
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                                          Quote 12765by Anonymous on 18/05/2013

                                          Love is only a dirty trick played on us to achieve continuation of the species.
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                                            Quote 13094by Anonymous on 19/06/2013

                                            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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                                              Quote 13588by Anonymous on 04/08/2013

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