W. Somerset Maugham
- It is an illusion that youth is happy, an illusion of those who have lost it.
- 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.
- The artist produces for the liberation of his soul. It is his nature to create as it is the nature of water to run down the hill.
- It's no good trying to keep up old friendships. It's painful for both sides. The fact is, one grows out of people, and the only thing is to face it.
- We know our friends by their defects rather than by their merits.
- Imagination grows by exercise and contrary to common belief is more powerful in the mature than in the young.
- When you are young you take the kindness people show you as your right.
- 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.
- 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.
- The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain, egotistic, and self-complacent is erroneous; on the contrary, it makes them, for the most part, humble, tolerant, and kind. Failure makes people cruel and bitter.