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 suppose that you can learn a good deal about human nature in a solicitor's
office; but there on the whole you have to deal with men in full control of
themselves. They lie perhaps as much as they lie to the doctor, but they lie more
We know very little even of the persons we know most intimately; we do not know
them enough to transfer them to the pages of a book and make human beings of
them. People are too elusive, too shadowy, to be copied; and they are also too ...
I have tried to find out from the writers on aesthetics what it is in human nature
that makes it possible for us to get the emotion of beauty and what exactly this
emotion is. It is usual enough to talk of the aesthetic instinct: the term seems to
give it ...
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