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William Somerset Maugham

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William Somerset Maugham was born in Paris in 1874. He spoke French even before he spoke a word of English, a fact to which some critics attribute the purity of his style.His parents died early and, after an unhappy boyhood, which he recorded poignantly in ‘Of Human Bondage’ , Maugham became a qualified physician. But writing was his true vocation. For ten years before his first success, he almost literally starved while pouring out novels and plays.During World War I, Maugham worked for the British Secret Service . He travelled all over the world, and made many visits to America. After World War II, Maugham made his home in south of France and continued to move between England and Nice till his death in 1965.

Short stories

The letter –The verger –The vessel of wrath -The hairless Mexican –Mr. Harrington’s washing –Red –Mr. Know-all –The alien corn –The book-bag –The round dozen –voice of the turtle –The facts of life –Lord Mountdrago –The colonel’s lady –The treasure –Rain –P. & O.

Quotes

At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely.

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.’
People ask for criticism, but they only want praise.
Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger. There is really nothing to be said about it. It is like the perfume of a rose: you can smell it and that is all.
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.
You are not angry with people when you laugh at them. Humor teaches tolerance.
There are two good things in life – freedom of thought and freedom of action.

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