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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There is no reason why they should be less interesting; and if by the time the play
has run its course they are out of date, what of it? The play is dead anyway. Now
to this question the answer is that there is no reason at all, if he can get away ...
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.
But though an impulse has its motive, an audience, because it is not obvious, will
not accept it. The spectators of a play and the readers of a book insist on knowing
the reasons of action and they will not admit its probability unless the reasons ...
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