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W. Somerset Maugham Quotes (150 Quotes)


  • It's no use crying over spilt milk, because all of the forces of the universe were bent on spilling it.
    (W. Somerset Maugham, "Of Human Bondage")

  • You're beginning to dislike me, aren't you? Well, dislike me. It doesn't make any difference to me now.
    (W. Somerset Maugham, "The Razor's Edge")

  • The idealist withdrew himself, because he could not suffer the jostling of the human crowd; he had not the strength to fight and so called the battle vulgar; he was vain, and since his fellows would not take him at his own estimate, consoled himself with despising his fellows.
    (W. Somerset Maugham, "Of Human Bondage")

  • He exulted in the possession of himself once more; he realized how much of the delight of the world he had lost when he was absorbed in that madness which they called love; he had had enough of it; he did not want to be in love anymore if love was that.
    (W. Somerset Maugham, "Of Human Bondage")

  • I happen to think we've set our ideal on the wrong objects; I happen to think that the greatest ideal man can set before himself is self-perfection.
    (W. Somerset Maugham, "The Razor's Edge")


  • Kant thought things, not because they were true, but because he was Kant.
    (W. Somerset Maugham, "Of Human Bondage")

  • The important thing was to love rather than to be loved.
    (W. Somerset Maugham, "Of Human Bondage")

  • He found that it was easy to make a heroic gesture, but hard to abide by its results.
    (W. Somerset Maugham, "Of Human Bondage")

  • I wish I could make you see how much fuller the life I offer you is than anything you have a conception of. I wish I could make you see how exciting the life of the spirit is and how rich in experience. It's illimitable. It's such a happy life. There's only one thing like it, when you're up in a plane by yourself, high, high, and only infinity surrounds you. You're intoxicated by the boundless space.
    (W. Somerset Maugham, "The Razor's Edge")

  • Life wouldn't be worth living if I worried over the future as well as the present. When things are at their worst I find something always happens.
    (W. Somerset Maugham, "Of Human Bondage")

  • The secret to life is meaningless unless you discover it yourself.
    (W. Somerset Maugham, "Of Human Bondage")

  • He knew that all things human are transitory and therefore that it must cease one day or another. He looked forward to that day with eager longing. Love was like a parasite in his heart, nourishing a hateful existence on his life's blood; it absorbed his existence so intensely that he could take pleasure in nothing else.
    (W. Somerset Maugham, "Of Human Bondage")

  • In business sharp practice sometimes succeeds, but in art honesty is not only the best but the only policy.
    (W. Somerset Maugham, "The Razor's Edge")

  • Men seek but one thing in life - their pleasure.
    (W. Somerset Maugham, "Of Human Bondage")

  • There's always one who loves and one who lets himself be loved.
    (W. Somerset Maugham, "Of Human Bondage")