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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And such is the diversity of opinion that it is very difficult for an author to arrive at
any conclusion about his merit. In England there is a natural tendency to despise
the novel. The autobiography of an insignificant politician, the life of a royal ...
It would be less difficult to bear the evils of one's own life if one could think that
they were but the necessary outcome of one's errors in a previous existence, and
the effort to do better would be less difficult too when there was the hope than ...
It is not very difficult to forgive other people their sins. When you put yourself into
their shoes it is generally easy to see what has caused them to do things they
should not have done and excuses can be found for them. There is a natural
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