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
If he is a writer he will fulfil some need in the nature of his readers and they will
lead with him a life of the spirit that satisfies them better than the life
circumstances have forced on them. But there are others to whom this
idiosyncrasy does not ...
By a happy accident of nature seeing life with immense vivacity, as it were at
concert pitch, he sees it, with its infinite diversity, in the healthy way that mankind
at large sees it. In Matthew Arnold's phrase he sees it steadily and sees it whole.
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