Quotes by W. Somerset Maugham

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I am told that today rather more than 60 per cent of the men who go to university go on a Government grant. This is a new class that has entered upon the scene. It is the white-collar proletariat. They do not go to university to acquire culture but to get a job, and when they have got one, scamp it. They have no manners and are woefully unable to deal with any social predicament. Their idea of a celebration is to go to a public house and drink six beers. They are mean, malicious and envious . They are scum.

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.
The ideal has many names, and beauty is but one of them.
Anyone can tell the truth, but only very few of us can make epigrams.
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.
Old age is ready to undertake tasks that youth shirked because they would take too long.
We are not the same persons this year as last; nor are those we love.It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person.
The trouble with young writers is that they are all in their sixties.
The writer is more concerned to know than to judge.
There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately no one knows what they are.
Habits in writing as in life are only useful if they are broken as soon as they cease to be advantageous.
It is an illusion that youth is happy, an illusion of those who has lost it.
The love that last longest is the love that is never returned.