Last Update November 13th, 2016
One of my all time favorite author is the late British playwright, novelist and short story writer, William Somerset Maugham.
I have most of his novels and compilations of short stories.
With the advent of Internet, we can get to read most of his literary works free online. And not forgetting the many free movies based on his stories, available on YouTube.
In 1897, he qualified as Member of the Royal College of Surgeons and licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians, London.
And that very same year, his first novel ‘Liza of Lambeth’ was published.
From then on, he went to Seville in Spain and took up writing full-time.
He produced many great writings, which include The Hero, Mrs. Craddock, The Merry-Go-Round, The Explorer, Moon and Sixpence, The Trembling of a Leaf, and The Painted Veil.
Then he went back to London and immersed in play-writing and novels.
Even he was a predominantly gay, he married to Gwendolyn Maude Syrie Barnardo who was the wife of American British pharmaceutical entrepreneur, Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome in 1917.
They had a daughter Elizabeth Mary Maugham “Liza”.
In 1928, Maugham move permanently to the French Riviera.
In his later years he wrote many essays, short stories and novels. Among them are: Cakes and Ale, The Narrow Corner, Don Fernando, The Summing Up, Up At The Villa, The Razor’s Edge, Then And Now, Creatures of Circumstance and Catalina.
On 16 December 1965, 91 year-old William Somerset Maugham died in Nice, France.
Below are a list of fully verified authentic Somerset Maugham quotes about love, writing, money, life and God.
“People are never so ready to believe you as when you say things in dispraise of yourself; and you are never so much annoyed as when they take you at your word.”
“I don’t know why it is that the religious never ascribe common sense to God.”
“The more intelligent a man is the more capable is he of suffering.”
“At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely.”
“People ask you for criticism, but they only want praise.”
(Of Human Bondage (Autobiographical Novel): One of the Top 100 Best Novels of the 20th century by the prolific British playwright, novelist and short story writer, author of “The Razor’s Edge”, “The Painted Veil”, “Cakes and Ale” By William Somerset Maugham, e-artnow, 2015)
“To write simply is as difficult as to be good.”
“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.”
“It is cruel to discover one’s mediocrity only when it is too late.”
“Impropriety is the soul of wit.”