William Somerset Maugham
William Somerset Maughamの名言
Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger. There is really nothing to be said about it. It is like the perfume of a rose: you can smell it and that is all.
Conscience is the guardian in the individual of the rules which the community has evolved for its own preservation.
Culture is not just an ornament; it is the expression of a nation's character, and at the same time it is a powerful instrument to mould character. The end of culture is right living.
Death is a very dull, dreary affair, and my advice to you is to have nothing whatsoever to do with it.
Do you know that conversation is one of the greatest pleasures in life? But it wants leisure.
Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.
I forget who it was that recommended men for their soul's good to do each day two things they disliked ... It is a precept I have followed scrupulously: for every day I have got up and I have gone to bed.
I would sooner read a timetable or a catalog than nothing at all. They are much more entertaining than half the novels that are written.
If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too.
Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.