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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... if not fame, at least notoriety and a fortune that has enabled me to live in the
same style as my father lived in before me. [ 152 J THE SUMMING UP.
They were attached to one another by a very thin thread, an elderly woman who
knew at least one person in each group. The book was called The Merry-Go-
Round. It was rather absurd because owing to the influence on me of the
Determinism tells us that choice follows the line of least resistance or the
strongest motive. I am not conscious that I have always followed the line of least
resistance, and if I have followed the strongest motive that motive has been an
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