Quotes by W. Somerset Maugham

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Man has always sacrificed truth to his vanity, comfort and advantage. He lives... by make-believe.
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I've met so many people, often the scum of the earth, and found them, you know, quite decent. I am an uncomfortable stranger to moral indignation.
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 people  

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The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit.
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My own belief is that there is hardly anyone whose sexual life, if it were broadcast, would not fill the world at large with surprise and horror.
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 homosexuality  

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I don't think you want too much sincerity in society. It would be like an iron girder in a house of cards.
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 manners  

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Follow your inclinations with due regard to the policeman round the corner.
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Life isn't long enough for love and art.
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Excess on occasion is exhilirating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.
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A man marries to have a home, but also because he doesn't want to be bothered with sex and all that sort of thing.
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Is it a reasonable thing, I ask you, for a grown man to run about and hit a ball? Poker's the only game fit for a grown man. Then, your hand is against every man's, and every man's is against yours. Teamwork? Who ever made a fortune by teamwork? There's only one way to make a fortune, and that's to down the fellow who's up against you.
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