Zitat des Tages von W. Somerset Maugham:
Money is like a sixth sense without which you cannot make a complete use of the other five.
We learn resignation not by our own suffering, but by the suffering of others.
Anyone can tell the truth, but only very few of us can make epigrams.
It is well known that Beauty does not look with a good grace on the timid advances of Humour.
Old age has its pleasures, which, though different, are not less than the pleasures of youth.
It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.
Death is a very dull, dreary affair, and my advice to you is to have nothing whatsoever to do with it.
In the country the darkness of night is friendly and familiar, but in a city, with its blaze of lights, it is unnatural, hostile and menacing. It is like a monstrous vulture that hovers, biding its time.
An unfortunate thing about this world is that the good habits are much easier to give up than the bad ones.
The trouble with young writers is that they are all in their sixties.
Old age is ready to undertake tasks that youth shirked because they would take too long.
At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely.
Death doesn't affect the living because it has not happened yet. Death doesn't concern the dead because they have ceased to exist.
Considering how foolishly people act and how pleasantly they prattle, perhaps it would be better for the world if they talked more and did less.
We have long passed the Victorian Era when asterisks were followed after a certain interval by a baby.
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.
You know what the critics are. If you tell the truth they only say you're cynical and it does an author no good to get a reputation for cynicism.
The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit.
We know our friends by their defects rather than by their merits.
It is unsafe to take your reader for more of a fool than he is.
It is not true that suffering ennobles the character; happiness does that sometimes, but suffering for the most part, makes men petty and vindictive.
Marriage is a very good thing, but I think it's a mistake to make a habit out of it.
It wasn't until late in life that I discovered how easy it is to say, 'I don't know.'
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.
Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.
Perfection has one grave defect: it is apt to be dull.
Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.
If you want to eat well in England, eat three breakfasts.
In Hollywood, the women are all peaches. It makes one long for an apple occasionally.
Few misfortunes can befall a boy which bring worse consequence than to have a really affectionate mother.
Impropriety is the soul of wit.
Writing is the supreme solace.
If you don't change your beliefs, your life will be like this forever. Is that good news?
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.
Love is only a dirty trick played on us to achieve continuation of the species.
Sentimentality is the only sentiment that rubs you the wrong way.