W. Somerset Maugham Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old w. somerset maugham quotes, w. somerset maugham sayings, and w. somerset maugham proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


The passing years are like a mist sweeping up from the sea of time so that my memories acquire new aspects.     

W. Somerset Maugham

If you want to eat well in England, eat three breakfasts.     

W. Somerset Maugham

For if the proper study of mankind is man, it is evidently more sensible to occupy yourself with the coherent, substantial and significant creatures of fiction than with the irrational and shadowy figures of real life.     

W. Somerset Maugham

Advice to first year medical students: In anatomy, it is better to have learned and lost than never to have learned at all.     

W. Somerset Maugham

Old age has its pleasures, which, though different, are not less than the pleasures of youth.     

W. Somerset Maugham

Benevolence is often very peremptory.     

W. Somerset Maugham

There is no object to life. To nature nothing matters but the continuation of the species.     

W. Somerset Maugham

The world is quickly bored by the recital of misfortune, and willing avoids the sight of distress.     

W. Somerset Maugham

The essence of the beautiful is unity in variety.     

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How can I be reasonable? To me our love was everything and you were my whole life. It is not very pleasant to realize that to you it was only an episode.     

W. Somerset Maugham

Old age has its pleasures, which, though different, are not less than the pleasures of youth.     

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Love is only a dirty trick played on us to achieve continuation of the species.     

W. Somerset Maugham

To drink a glass of sherry when you can get a dry Martini is like taking a stagecoach when you can travel by the Orient Express.     

W. Somerset Maugham

The Riviera isn't only a sunny place for shady people.     

W. Somerset Maugham

There are few things so pleasant as a picnic lunch eaten in perfect comfort.     

W. Somerset Maugham

In heaven, when the blessed use the telephone they will say what they have to say and not a word besides.     

W. Somerset Maugham

The writer is free to work in whatever place and whatever time he chooses; he is free to idle if he feels ill or dispirited.      

W. Somerset Maugham

Hypocrisy is the most difficult and nerve-racking vice that any man can pursue; it needs an unceasing vigilance and a rare detachment of spirit. It cannot, like adultery or gluttony, be practised at spare moments; it is a whole-time job.     

W. Somerset Maugham

Deprive him [the habitual reader] of printed matter and he grows nervous, moody and restless; then, like the alcoholic bereft of brandy who will drink shellac or methylated spirit, he will make do with the advertisements of a paper five years old; he will make do with a telephone directory.      

W. Somerset Maugham

People often feed the hungry so that nothing may disturb their own enjoyment of a good meal.     

W. Somerset Maugham