W. Somerset Maugham
(1874-1965) English Novelist, Playwright
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People ask for criticism, but they only want praise.
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.
Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.
It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.
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.
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.
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.