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 am devoid of the pedagogic instinct and when I know a thing never feel in
myself the desire to impart it to others. I do not much care if people agree with me.
Of course I think I am right, otherwise I should not think as I do, and they are
So asthetics have been derived from an instinct of expression, an exuberance of
vitality, a mystical sense of the absolute and I know not what. For my part I should
have said it was not an instinct at all, but a state of the body-mind, founded in ...
In loving-kindness the sexual instinct is sublimated, but it lends the emotion
something of its own warm and vitalizing energy. Loving-kindness is the better
part of goodness. It lends grace to the sterner qualities of which this consists and
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