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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lxiv There is no reason why philosophers should not be also men of letters. But to
write well does not come by instinct; it is an art that demands arduous study. The
philosopher does not speak only to other philosophers and to undergraduates ...
I have tried to find out what philosophers of other schools had to say on this
question. This is not very much. It may be that there is not very much to be said
about it, and philosophers quite naturally attach importance to subjects upon
But at this point a certain hesitation has betrayed itself. Common experience,
especially the common experience of philosophers, shows that a great many
men are no great shakes. Immortality is too stupendous a notion to be
entertained in ...
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