The Summing Up
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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If I understood aright what I read , I must suppose that at the beginning the two
forces of cosmical attraction and repulsion balanced so that the universe
remained for untold ages in a state of perfect equilibrium . Then at some moment
this was ...
Awe remains , man's sense of helplessness , and his desire to attain harmony
between himself and the universe at large . These , rather than the worship of
nature or of ancestors , magic or morality , are the sources of religion . There is no
It may be that this planet alone can support life , or it may be that in other parts of
the universe other planets have had the possibility of forming a suitable
environment to that substance from which , we suppose , along the vast course of
time the ...
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