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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lxiv There is no reason why philosophers should not be also men of letters. But to
write well does not come by instinct; it is an art that demands arduous study. The
philosopher does not speak only to other philosophers and to undergraduates ...
It is curious to notice that when they speak of evil, philosophers so often use
toothache as their example. They point out with justice that you cannot feel my
toothache. In their sheltered, easy lives it looks as though this were the only pain
But at this point a certain hesitation has betrayed itself. Common experience,
especially the common experience of philosophers, shows that a great many
men are no great shakes. Immortality is too stupendous a notion to be enter"
tained in ...
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