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W. Somerset Maugham
1874 - 1965

British novelist, short-story writer, and playwright, author of Of Human Bondage and other works


Tolerance is another word for indifference.

Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.

Man has always sacrificed truth to his vanity, comfort and advantage. He lives by make-believe.

1938 - from The Summing Up
It is a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.

If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom, and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too.