Somerset Maugham

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    The great critic ... must be a philosopher, for from philosophy he will learn serenity, impartiality, and the transitoriness of human things.
    —W. Somerset Maugham (1874–1965)

    When you are young you take the kindness people show you as your right.
    —W. Somerset Maugham (1874–1965)

    The crown of literature is poetry. It is its end and aim. It is the sublimest activity of the human mind. It is the achievement of beauty and delicacy. The writer of prose can only step aside when the poet passes.
    —W. Somerset Maugham (1874–1966)

    Few misfortunes can befall a boy which bring worse consequences than to have a really affectionate mother.
    —W. Somerset Maugham (1874–1966)

    There is no explanation for evil. It must be looked upon as a necessary part of the order of the universe. To ignore it is childish, to bewail it senseless.
    —W. Somerset Maugham (1874–1965)