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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What little guidance I had I owe to a young man who came to live with the same
family in Heidelberg as I was living with. I will call him Brown. He was then twenty
-six. After leaving Cambridge he was called to the bar, but he had a little money, ...
... 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.
With all my limitations, physical and mental, I have been glad to live. I would not
live my life over again. There would be no point in that. Nor would I care to pass
again through the anguish I have suffered. It is one of the ~faults of my nature that
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