Quotes by W. Somerset Maugham


It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.
– W. Somerset Maugham
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.
– W. Somerset Maugham
An unfortunate thing about this world is that the good habits are much easier to give up than the bad ones.
– W. Somerset Maugham
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.
– W. Somerset Maugham
Anyone can tell the truth, but only very few of us can make epigrams.
– W. Somerset Maugham
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.
– W. Somerset Maugham
Considering how foolishly people act and how pleasantly they prattle, perhaps it would be better for the world if they talked more and did less.
– W. Somerset Maugham
Death doesn't affect the living because it has not happened yet. Death doesn't concern the dead because they have ceased to exist.
– W. Somerset Maugham
Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul.
– W. Somerset Maugham
Few misfortunes can befall a boy which bring worse consequence than to have a really affectionate mother.
– W. Somerset Maugham
Habits in writing as in life are only useful if they are broken as soon as they cease to be advantageous.
– W. Somerset Maugham
Have common sense and stick to the point.
– W. Somerset Maugham
I do not believe they are right who say that the defects of famous men should be ignored. I think it is better that we should know them. Then, though we are conscious of having faults as glaring as theirs, we can believe that that is no hindrance to our achieving also something of their virtues.
– W. Somerset Maugham
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.
– W. Somerset Maugham
I would sooner read a time-table or a catalogue than nothing at all. They are much more entertaining than half the novels that are written.
– W. Somerset Maugham
I'll give you my opinion of the human race in a nutshell... their heart's in the right place, but their head is a thoroughly inefficient organ.
– W. Somerset Maugham
If you don't change your beliefs, your life will be like this forever. Is that good news?
– W. Somerset Maugham
Impropriety is the soul of wit.
– W. Somerset Maugham
In Hollywood, the women are all peaches. It makes one long for an apple occasionally.
– W. Somerset Maugham
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.
– W. Somerset Maugham