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William Somerset Maugham

Date de naissance: 25. janvier 1874
Date de décès: 16. décembre 1965
Autres noms:Уильям Сомерсет Моэм

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William Somerset Maugham [ˈsʌməsɪt mɔːm], est un romancier, nouvelliste et dramaturge britannique.

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Citations William Somerset Maugham

„Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger. There is really nothing to be said about it.“

—  W. Somerset Maugham
Context: 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. p. 140.<!-- Doubleday Doran & Co. -->

„Nothing in the world is permanent, and we're foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we're still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it.“

—  W. Somerset Maugham
Context: Nothing in the world is permanent, and we're foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we're still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it. If change is of the essence of existence one would have thought it only sensible to make it the premise of our philosophy.

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„It is not wealth one asks for, but just enough to preserve one's dignity, to work unhampered, to be generous, frank, and independent.“

—  W. Somerset Maugham
Context: You will hear people say that poverty is the best spur to the artist. They have never felt the iron of it in their flesh. They do not know how mean it makes you. It exposes you to endless humiliation, it cuts your wings, it eats into your soul like a cancer. It is not wealth one asks for, but just enough to preserve one's dignity, to work unhampered, to be generous, frank, and independent. Ch. 51

„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
Context: 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. p. 285

„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.“

—  W. Somerset Maugham
Context: 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. p. 306

„American women expect to find in their husbands a perfection that English women only hope to find in their butlers.“

—  W. Somerset Maugham
Context: Don't you know? Because American women expect to find in their husbands a perfection that English women only hope to find in their butlers.

„A god that can be understood is not a god.“

—  W. Somerset Maugham
Context: A god that can be understood is not a god. <!-- p. 283

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„The essence of the beautiful is unity in variety.“

—  W. Somerset Maugham
Moses Mendelssohn, Briefe über die Empfindungen (1755)

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