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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That is why Antony and Cleopatra has always been the least popular of
Shakespeare's greater plays. Audiences have felt that it was contemptible to
throw away an empire for a woman's sake. Indeed if it were not founded on an
This is not always true, for at least death finishes all our stories; but even if it were
it would not be a good argument. For the novelist claims to be an artist and the
artist does not copy life, he makes an arrangement out of it to suit his own ...
Determinism tells us that choice follows the line of least resistance or the
strongest motive. I am not conscious that I have always followed the line of least
resistance, and if I have followed the strongest motive that motive has been an
idea of ...
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