The great tragedy of life is not that men perish, but that they cease to love.

W. Somerset Maugham

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The only important thing in a book is the meaning that it has for you.

- W. Somerset Maugham

How strange was the relation between parents and children! When they were small the parents doted on them, passed through agonies of apprehension at each childish ailment, and the children clung to their parents with love and adoration; a few years passed, the children grew up, and persons not of their kin were more important to their happiness than father or mother. Indifference displaced the blind and instinctive love of the past. Their meetings were a source of boredom and irritation. Distracted once at the thought of a month's separation they were able now to look forward with equanimity to being parted for years.

- W. Somerset Maugham, The Painted Veil

Men seek but one thing in life - their pleasure.

- W. Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage by 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

Marriage is a very good thing, but I think it’s a mistake to make a habit of it.

- W. Somerset Maugham

The most difficult thing for a wise woman to do is to pretend to be a foolish one.

- W. Somerset Maugham, Mrs Craddock

Art is merely the refuge which the ingenious have invented, when they were supplied with food and women, to escape the tediousness of life.

- W. Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham

I've been quite happy. Look, here are my proofs. Remember that I am indifferent to discomforts which would harass other folk. What do the circumstances of life matter if your dreams make you lord paramount of time and space?

- W. Somerset Maugham

I began to meditate upon the writer's life. It is full of tribulation. First he must endure poverty and the world's indifference; then, having achieved a measure of success, he must submit to a good grace of its hazards...But he has one compensation, Whenever he has anything on his mind, whether it be a harassing reflection, grief at the death of a friend, unrequited love, wounded pride, anger at the treachery of someone to whom he has shown kindness, in short any emotion or any perplexing thought, he has only to put it down in black and white, using it as a theme of a story or the decoration of an essay, to forget all about it. He is the only free man.

- W. Somerset Maugham, Cakes and Ale

You know, there are two good things in life, freedom of thought and freedom of action.

- W. Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham

You focus on telling stories,
we do everything else.