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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I felt that I had got all that I was capable of getting out of the world in which I had
been moving; my success as a playwright and the luxurious existence it had
brought me; the social round, the grand dinners at the houses of the great, the
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 ...
Arguments have been adduced to prove the existence of God, and I will ask the
reader to have patience with me while I briefly consider them. One of them
assumes that man has an idea of a perfect being; and since perfection includes ...
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