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Imagination
Engrave this Quote Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.
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-W. Somerset Maugham
Infidelity
Engrave this Quote You know that the Tasmanians, who never committed adultery, are now extinct.
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Laughter
Engrave this Quote You are not angry with people when you laugh at them. Humor teaches tolerance.
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Love
Engrave this Quote Love is what happens to a man and woman who don't know each other.
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Engrave this Quote I learnt that men were moved by a savage egoism, that love was only the dirty trick nature played on us to achieve the continuation of the species.
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-W. Somerset Maugham, The Summing Up 1938, Chapter XXI
Money
Engrave this Quote Money is like a sixth sense without which you cannot make a complete use of the other five.
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Mother
Engrave this Quote Few misfortunes can befall a boy which bring worse consequences than to have a really affectionate mother.
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Nation, Nationality, Nationalism
Engrave this Quote If you want to eat well in England, eat three breakfasts.
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Nature
Engrave this Quote Men have an extraordinarily erroneous opinion of their position in nature; and the error is ineradicable.
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Opinion
Engrave this Quote If forty million people say a foolish thing it does not become a wise one, but the wise man is foolish to give them the lie.
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People
Engrave this Quote I've always been interested in people, but I've never liked them.
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Perfection
Engrave this Quote Perfection has one grave defect. It is apt to be dull.
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Engrave this Quote Perfection is what American women expect to find in their husbands... but English women only hope to find in their butlers.
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Engrave this Quote American women expect to find in their husbands a perfection that English women only hope to find in their butlers.
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Engrave this Quote Perfection is a trifle dull. It is not the least of life's ironies that this, which we all aim at, is better not quite achieved.
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Philosophy
Engrave this Quote The great critic...must be a philosopher, for from philosophy he will learn serenity, impartiality, and the transitoriness of human things.
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-W. Somerset Maugham, The Summing Up, ch. 60, 1938
Politics
Engrave this Quote It is unfair to expect a politician to live in private up to the statements he makes in public.
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Engrave this Quote A man who is a politician at forty is a statesman at three score and ten. It is at this age, when he would be too old to be a clerk or a gardener or a police-court magistrate, that he is ripe to govern a country.
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Proverbial Wisdom
Engrave this Quote Anyone can tell the truth, but only very few of us can make epigrams.
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Quotations
Engrave this Quote The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit.
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Reading
Engrave this Quote I would sooner read a timetable or a catalog than nothing at all.
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Engrave this Quote When I read a book I seem to read it with my eyes only, but now and then I come across a passage, perhaps only a phrase, which has a meaning for me, and it becomes part of me.
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Engrave this Quote To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.
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Relationships
Engrave this Quote Sometimes a man hits upon a place to which he mysteriously feels that he belongs.
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Sin
Engrave this Quote Has it occurred to you that transmigration is at once an explanation and a justification of the evil of the world ? If the evils we suffer are the result of sins committed in our past lives, we can bear them with resignation and hope that if in this one we strive toward virtue our future lives will be less afflicted.
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-W. Somerset Maugham, The Razor's Edge

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