William Somerset Maugham (25 January 1874 – 16 December 1965), better known as W. Somerset Maugham, was a British playwright, novelist and short story writer. He was among the most popular writers of his era and reputedly the highest-paid author during the 1930s.
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Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.
It is salutary to train oneself to be no more affected by censure than by praise.
We know our friends by their defects rather than by their merits.
The world in general doesn't know what to make of originality, it is startled out of its comfortable habits of thought and its first reaction is one of anger.
People ask for criticism but they only want praise.
In Hollywood the women are all peaches. It makes one long for an apple occasionally.
It is an illusion that youth is happy an illusion of those who have lost it.
Money is like a sixth sense without which you cannot make a complete use of the other five.
Considering how foolishly people act and how pleasantly they prattle perhaps it would be better for the world if they talked more and did less.