Talk:W. Somerset Maugham

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  • An unfortunate thing about this world is that the good habits are much easier to give up than the bad ones.
  • Death doesn't affect the living because it has not happened yet. Death doesn't concern the dead because they have ceased to exist.
  • Have common sense and stick to the point.
  • If you don't change your beliefs, your life will be like this forever. Is that good news?
  • In Hollywood, the women are all peaches. It makes one long for an apple occasionally.
  • Only a mediocre person is always at his best.
  • The great American novel has not only already been written, it has already been rejected.
  • There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
    • This appears to be either the subtitle of or a part of the cover design for Maugham's collection of short stories, Orientations. --Hughh (talk) 19:37, 3 December 2016 (UTC)
  • Tolerance is another word for indifference.
  • We do not write because we want to; we write because we have to.
  • When you choose your friends, don't be short-changed by choosing personality over character.