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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Fools can always be found to discover a hidden sense in them. There is another
form of wilful obscurity that masquerades as aristocratic exclusiveness. The
author wraps his meaning in mystery so that the vulgar shall not participate in it.
I was drawn to various courses by very simple motives and it is only on looking
back that I discover myself subconsciously working to a certain end. The end was
to develop my character and so make up for the deficiencies in my natural gifts.
many books to discover what the authorities had to say that made the matter a
little plainer. I have known intimately a great many persons who were absorbed
in the arts. I am afraid that neither from them nor from books have I learnt much
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