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.
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It was such a lovely day I thought it a pity to get up.
There is nothing so degrading as the constant anxiety about one's means of livelihood ... Money is like a sixth sense without which you cannot make a complete use of the other five.
Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.
There is only one thing about which I am certain, and this is that there is very little about which one can be certain.
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.
Reserve is an artificial quality that is developed in most of us but as the result of innumerable rebuffs.
Do you know that conversation is one of the greatest pleasures in life? But it wants leisure.