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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But a pleasure is none the less a pleasure because it does not please forever. It
is delightful to plunge into cold water on ... a part of the pattern I was attempting to
draw to experience all the pleasures of sense. I have not been afraid of excess: ...
But to the others, from Plato onwards, I surrendered myself, one after the other,
with the pleasure of a traveller adventuring into an unknown country. I did not
read critically, but as I might have read a novel, for the excitement and delight of it
Of course it is delightful and pleasure in itself is good, but what is there in it that
makes it superior to any other pleasure, so superior that to speak of it as pleasure
at all seems to depreciate it? Was Jeremy Bentham so foolish after all when he ...
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