William Somerset Maugham Quotes

Who was William Somerset Maugham?

William Somerset Maugham was a British playwright and novelist.

Born January 25, 1874
Died December 16, 1965
Aged 91 years old

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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.”

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

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

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

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

“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.”

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

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

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

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

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