Tragedy, Mediocrity and Praise

A bit of mid-week wisdom from noted author W. Somerset Maugham ...

“The great tragedy of life is not that men perish, but that they cease to love.”

“People ask you for criticism, but they only want praise.”

“You can do anything in this world if you are prepared to take the consequences.”

“There's always one who loves and one who lets himself be loved.”

“The secret to life is meaningless unless you discover it yourself.”

“The only important thing in a book is the meaning that it has for you.”

“I always find it more difficult to say the things I mean than the things I don't.”

“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”

“To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.”

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

“Unfortunately sometimes one can't do what one thinks is right without making someone else unhappy.”


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