William Somerset Maugham
English playwright, novelist, short story writer (1874-1965)
William Somerset Maugham was an English writer, known for his plays, novels and short stories. Born in Paris, where he spent his first ten years, Maugham was schooled in England and went to a German university. He became a medical student in London and qualified as a physician in 1897. He never practised medicine, and became a full-time writer. His first novel, Liza of Lambeth (1897), a study of life in the slums, attracted attention, but it was as a playwright that he first achieved national celebrity. By 1908 he had four plays running at once in the West End of London. He wrote his 32nd and last play in 1933, after which he abandoned the theatre and concentrated on novels and short stories.
William Somerset Maugham Quotes
Conscience is the guardian in the individual of the rules which the community has evolved for its own preservation.
Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.
Like all weak men he laid an exaggerated stress on not changing one's mind.
The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit.
Love is only the dirty trick played on us to achieve continuation of the species.
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.
There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
You know, of course, that the Tasmanians, who never committed adultery, are now extinct.
To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.
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.
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