What makes old age hard to bear is not the failing of one’s faculties, mental and physical, but the burden of one’s memories.


W. Somerset Maugham

896

Old age has its pleasures, which, though different, are not less than the pleasures of youth.


W. Somerset Maugham

896

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.


W. Somerset Maugham

896

It is not true that suffering ennobles the character happiness does that sometimes, but suffering for the most part, makes men petty and vindictive.


W. Somerset Maugham

896

Marriage is a very good thing, but I think it’s a mistake to make a habit out of it.


W. Somerset Maugham

896

A man marries to have a home, but also because he doesn’t want to be bothered with sex and all that sort of thing.


W. Somerset Maugham

896

The love that lasts longest is the love that is never returned.


W. Somerset Maugham

896

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

896

Love is only a dirty trick played on us to achieve continuation of the species.


W. Somerset Maugham

896

It’s a funny thing about life if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.


W. Somerset Maugham

896

Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.


W. Somerset Maugham

896

You are not angry with people when you laugh at them. Humor teaches tolerance.


W. Somerset Maugham

896

A man marries to have a home, but also because he doesn’t want to be bothered with sex and all that sort of thing.


W. Somerset Maugham

896

It is not true that suffering ennobles the character happiness does that sometimes, but suffering for the most part, makes men petty and vindictive.


W. Somerset Maugham

896

Let us develop the resources of our land, call forth its powers, build up its institutions, promote all its great interests, and see whether we also, in our day and generation, may not perform something worthy to be remembered.


W. Somerset Maugham

896

Marriage is a very good thing, but I think it’s a mistake to make a habit out of it.


W. Somerset Maugham

896

It’s a funny thing about life if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.


W. Somerset Maugham

896

When you choose your friends, don’t be short-changed by choosing personality over character.


W. Somerset Maugham

896

There are two good things in life - freedom of thought and freedom of action.


W. Somerset Maugham

896

Any nation that thinks more of its ease and comfort than its freedom will soon lose its freedom and the ironical thing about it is that it will lose its ease and comfort too.


W. Somerset Maugham

896

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