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I have tried to analyse what this particular emotion in myself consists of. To me
the very shape of England on the map is significant, and it brings to my mind pell-
mell a hundred impressions, the white cliffs of Dover and the tawny sea, the ...
They are strangely primitive in the completeness with which they surrender
themselves to emotion. With English people, for instance, there is a solid
background of character which emotion modifies, but which in turn reacts on
emotion; with the ...
Familiarity breeds not contempt perhaps, but indifference; and indifference is the
death of the aesthetic emotion. ... essential value if it exalts the soul and so
enables it to accept or to be in a fit emotional state to accept more important-
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A compilation of notes kept over his lifetime and published just before Maugham's death. Though there were some pearls of wisdom and insightful comments on writing it was his commentary on daily life ... Read full review