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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We are less revengeful than we were and now a play devoted to revenge would
be scarcely plausible. Perhaps because our passions are less strong, perhaps
even because the teaching of Christ has at [I29 J THE SUMMING UP.
There is no reason why they should be less interesting; and if by the time the play
has run its course they are out of date, what of it? The play is dead anyway. Now
to this question the answer is that there is no reason at all, if he can get away ...
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 ...
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