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The Summing Up The Summing Up by W. Somerset Maugham
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“Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul.”
W. Somerset Maugham, The Summing Up
“You cannot write unless you write much.”
W. Somerset Maugham, The Summing Up
“For myself I can say that, having had every good thing that money can buy, an experience like another, I could part without a pang with every possession I have. We live in uncertain times and our all may yet be taken from us. With enough plain food to satisfy my small appetite, a room to myself, books from a public library, pens and paper, I should regret nothing.”
W. Somerset Maugham, The Summing Up
“The silence was enchanting. Infinite space seemed to enter it, and my spirit, alone with the stars, seemed capable of any adventure.”
W. Somerset Maugham, The Summing Up
“The disadvantages and dangers of the author’s calling are offset by an advantage so great as to make all its difficulties, disappointments, and maybe hardships, unimportant...Nothing befalls him that he cannot transmute into a stanza, a song, or a story, and having done this, be rid of it. The artist is the only free man.”
W. Somerset Maugham, The Summing Up
“From time to time, however, writers have engaged in politics. Its effect on them as writers has been injurious.”
W. Somerset Maugham, The Summing Up
“Мне непонятно, почему многих людей мысль о самоубийстве приводит в ужас. Говорить, что это трусость, — нелепо. Если человек сам уходит из жизни, когда в жизни его не ждет ничего, кроме боли и горя, я могу только одобрить его поступок. Разве не сказал Плиний, что возможность умереть когда захочешь лучшее, что бог дал человеку в его полной страданий жизни?
Оставив в стороне тех, кто считает самоубийство греховным, потому что оно нарушает божеский закон, я думаю, что причину негодования, которое оно так часто вызывает, нужно искать в том, что самоубийца бросает вызов силе жизни и, действуя наперекор самому сильному из человеческих инстинктов, ставит под сомнение способность этого инстинкта оградить человека от смерти.”
W. Somerset Maugham, The Summing Up
“Suffering did not make them more than men; it made them less than men”
Maugham W Somerset William Somerset, The Summing Up
“Though I have never much liked men I have found them so interesting that I am almost incapable of being bored by them. I do not particularly want to talk and I am very willing to listen. I do not care if people are interested in me or not. I have no desire to impart any knowledge I have to others nor do I feel the need to correct them if they are wrong. You can get a great deal of entertainment out of tedious people if you keep your head.”
Maugham W Somerset William Somerset, The Summing Up
“I do not want to spend too long a time with boring people, but then I do not want to spend too long a time with amusing ones. I find social intercourse fatiguing. Most persons, I think, are both exhilarated and rested by conversation; to me it has always been an effort. When I was young and stammered, to talk for long singularly exhausted me, and even now that I have to some extent cured myself, it is a strain. It is a relief to me when I can get away and read a book.”
Maugham W Somerset William Somerset, The Summing Up
“I have no natural trust in others. I am more inclined to expect them to do ill than to do good. That is the price one has to pay for having a sense of humour. A sense of humour leads you to take pleasure in the discrepancies of human nature; it leads you to mistrust great professions and look for the unworthy motive that they conceal; the disparity between appearance and reality diverts you and you are apt when you cannot find it to create it. You tend to close your eyes to truth, beauty and goodness because they give no scope to your sense of the ridiculous. The humorist has a quick eye for the humbug; he does not always recognize the saint. But if to see men one-sidedly is a heavy price to pay for a sense of humour there is a compensation that has a value too. You are not angry with people when you laugh at them. Humour teaches tolerance, and the humorist, with a smile and perhaps a sigh, is more likely to shrug his shoulders than to condemn. He does not moralize, he is content to understand; and it is true that to understand is to pity and forgive.”
Maugham W Somerset William Somerset, The Summing Up
“There is nothing more beautiful than goodness and it has pleased me very often to show how much of it there is in persons who by common standards would be relentlessly condemned. It has seemed to me sometimes to shine more brightly in them because it was surrounded by the darkness of sin. I take the goodness of the good for granted and I am amused when I discover their defects or their vices; I am touched when I see the goodness of the wicked and I am willing enough to shrug a tolerant shoulder at their wickedness. My observation has led me to believe that, all in all, there is not so much difference between the good and the bad as the moralists would have us believe.”
Maugham W Somerset William Somerset, The Summing Up