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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They destroy their persuasiveness; you would not believe a man was very intent
on ploughing a furrow if he carried a hoop with him and jumped through it at
every other step. A good style should show no sign of effort. What is written
For the drama is make-believe. It does not deal with truth but with effect. That
willing suspension of disbelief of which Coleridge wrote is essential to it. The
importance of truth to the dramatist is that it adds to interest, but to the dramatist
truth is ...
There is no reason to believe that what you desire exists, but it is a hard saying
that you have no right to believe what you cannot prove; there is no reason why
you should not believe so long as you are aware that your belief lacks proof.
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