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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We know that all men are mortal (Socrates was a man; therefore—and so forth),
but it remains for us little more than a logical premiss till we are forced to
recognize that in the ordinary course of things our end can no longer be remote.
mind will be free to occupy itself with other things. For I hope that this will not be
the last book I shall write. One does not die immediately one has made one's will;
one makes one's will as a precaution. To have settled one's affairs is a very good
Indeed if it were not founded on an accepted legend they would be unanimous in
asserting that such a thing was ... important as the dramatists pretended, for after
all there were politics, golf, getting on with one's job and all sorts of other things, ...
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