The Summing Up, Part 354, Volume 1
Doubleday, Doran & Company, Incorporated, 1938 - Authors - 310 pages
This book represents Maugham's life and philosophy in his own words. It is autobiographical in nature, though most of the work is concerned with Maugham's unique and fascinating opinions on the theatre, writing, metaphysics and the interesting people he encountered in his long and successful career.
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One of the most curious things that has forced itself on my notice is that there is
no permanence in the judgment of beauty. The museums are full of objects which
the most cultivated taste of a period considered beautiful, but which seem to us ...
know that anyone has studied the effect of time on the creation of beauty. It is not
only that we grow to see the beauty of things as we know them better; it is rather
that the delight that succeeding ages take in them somehow adds to their beauty.
If beauty is one of the great values of life, then it seems hard to believe that the
aesthetic sense which enables men to appreciate it should be the privilege only
of a class. It is not possible to maintain that a form of sensibility that is shared but
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