Monday, January 25, 2010

Meandering in the shadows . . .

Today is the birthday of William Somerset Maugham (January 25,1874 – December 16, 1965), playwright, novelist and short story writer. He is best known as W. Somerset Maugham, author of the novel, Of Human Bondage (1915). During the 1930s, he was one of the most popular and highest paid writers.

"People ask you for criticism, but they only want praise." - W. Somerset Maugham

"Dying is a very dull, dreary affair. And my advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it." - W. Somerset Maugham

"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

"Life wouldn't be worth living if I worried over the future as well as the present. When things are at their worst I find something always happens." - W. Somerset Maugham

"But when all was said the important thing was to love rather than to be loved." - W. Somerset Maugham

"I don't think of the past. The only thing that matters is the everlasting present." - W. Somerset Maugham

"Sometimes people carry to such perfection the mask they have assumed that in due course they actually become the person they seem." - W. Somerset Maugham

"…the future will one day be the present and will seem as unimportant as the present does now." - W. Somerset Maugham

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