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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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 only verisimilitude. It is what he
These three values are Truth, Beauty and Goodness. I have a notion that Truth
finds a place in this list for rhetorical reasons. Man invests it with ethical qualities,
such as courage, honour and independence of spirit, which indeed are often ...
Man has always sacrificed truth to his vanity, comfort and advantage. He lives not
by truth but by make-believe, and his idealism, it has sometimes seemed to me, is
merely his effort to attach the prestige of truth to the fictions he has invented to ...
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