William Somerset Maugham Quotes

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William Somerset Maugham was a British playwright and novelist.

Born January 25, 1874
Died December 16, 1965

Books by William Somerset Maugham


Best 11 Quotes by William Somerset Maugham

“I daresay one profits more by the mistakes one makes off one's own bat than by doing the right thing on somebody's else advice.”

William Somerset Maugham

“I write only when inspiration strikes. Fortunately it strikes every morning at nine o'clock sharp.”

William Somerset Maugham

“It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.”

William Somerset Maugham

“One cannot find peace in work or in pleasure, in the world or in a convent, but only in one's soul.”

William Somerset Maugham

“People ask for criticism, but they only want praise.”

William Somerset Maugham

“The secret to life is meaningless unless you discover it yourself.”

William Somerset Maugham

“I don't think of the past. The only thing that matters is the everlasting present.”

William Somerset Maugham

“If nobody spoke unless he had something to say, the human race would very soon lose the use of speech.”

William Somerset Maugham

“Nothing in the world is permanent, and we're foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we're still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it. If change is of the essence of existence one would have thought it only sensible to make it the premise of our philosophy.”

William Somerset Maugham

“Unfortunately sometimes one can't do what one thinks is right without making someone else unhappy.”

William Somerset Maugham

"The Art of Thinking Clearly" Quotes

“If fifty million people say something foolish, it is still foolish.”

William Somerset Maugham
The Art of Thinking Clearly