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Age
Engrave this Quote Old age has its pleasures, which, though different, are not less than the pleasures of youth.
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-W. Somerset Maugham
Engrave this Quote The complete life, the perfect pattern, includes old age as well as youth and maturity. The beauty of the morning and the radiance of noon are good, but it would be a very silly person who drew the curtains and turned on the light in order to shut out the tranquillity of the evening. Old age has its pleasures, which, though different, are not less than the pleasures of youth.
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Engrave this Quote Old age is ready to undertake tasks that youth shirked because they would take too long.
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Engrave this Quote What makes old age hard to bear is not the failing of one's faculties, mental and physical, but the burden of one's memories.
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Engrave this Quote When I was young I was amazed at Plutarch's statement that the elder Cato began at the age of eighty to learn Greek. I am amazed no longer. Old age is ready to undertake tasks that youth shirked because they would take too long.
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America
Engrave this Quote The Americans who are the most efficient people on earth...have invented so wide a range of pithy and hackneyed phrases that they can carry on a...conversation without giving a moment's reflection to what they are saying and so leave their minds free to consider more important matters of big business and fornication.
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-W. Somerset Maugham, Cakes and Ale
Authors & Writing
Engrave this Quote There is a sort of man who pays no attention to his good actions, but is tormented by his bad ones. This is the type that most often writes about himself.
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-W. Somerset Maugham, The Summing Up, 1938
Engrave this Quote It's very hard to be a gentleman and a writer.
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Engrave this Quote The trouble with young writers is that they are all in their sixties.
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Engrave this Quote The writer is more concerned to know than to judge.
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Engrave this Quote There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately no one knows what they are.
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Engrave this Quote Habits in writing as in life are only useful if they are broken as soon as they cease to be advantageous.
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Engrave this Quote 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.
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Engrave this Quote Truth is not only stranger than fiction, it is more telling. To know that a thing actually happened gives it a poignancy, touches a chord, which a piece of acknowledged fiction misses. It is to touch this chord that some authors have done everything they could to give you the impression that they are telling the plain truth.
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-W. Somerset Maugham, A Writer's Notebook
Beauty
Engrave this Quote The ideal has many names, and beauty is but one of them.
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Engrave this Quote 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.
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-W. Somerset Maugham, Ashenden, in Cakes and Ale, ch. 11 (1930)
Books
Engrave this Quote No one can write a best seller by trying to. He must write with complete sincerity; the clich?s that make you laugh, the hackneyed characters, the well-worn situations, the commonplace story that excites your derision, seem neither hackneyed, well worn nor commonplace to him. The conclusion is obvious: you cannot write anything that will convince unless you are yourself convinced. The best seller sells because he writes with his heart's blood.
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Character
Engrave this Quote When you choose your friends, don't be short-changed by choosing personality over character.
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Christianity
Engrave this Quote No egoism is so insufferable as that of the Christian with regard to his soul.
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Class
Engrave this Quote Lady Hodmarsh and the duchess immediately assumed the clinging affability that persons of rank assume with their inferiors in order to show them that they are not in the least conscious of any difference in station between them.
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Common Sense
Engrave this Quote Common sense and nature will do a lot to make the pilgrimage of life not too difficult.
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Engrave this Quote Common-sense appears to be only another name for the thoughtlessness of the unthinking. It is made of the prejudices of childhood, the idiosyncrasies of individual character and the opinion of the newspapers.
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Communication
Engrave this Quote We seek pitifully to convey to others the treasures of our heart, but they have not the power to accept them, and so we go lonely, side by side but not together, unable to know our fellows and unknown by them.
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-W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence 1919
Consequences
Engrave this Quote You can do anything in this world if you are prepares to take the consequences.
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Conversation
Engrave this Quote What has influenced my life more than any other single thing has been my stammer. Had I not stammered I would probably... have gone to Cambridge as my brothers did, perhaps have become a don and every now and then published a dreary book about French literature.
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