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 know that all men are mortal (Socrates was a man; therefore—and so forth),
but it remains for us little more than a logical premiss till we are forced to
recognize that in the ordinary course of things our end can no longer be remote.
They have not convinced me that such a thing is possible. Criticism to my mind is
a personal matter, but there is ... as makes men tolerant of things they care
nothing about, but on an active delight in diversity. He must be a psychologist
and a ...
... certain rhythms and certain colours peculiarly attractive to man, so that there
may be a physiological reason for the elements of what we consider beautiful.
But we also find things beautiful because they remind us of objects, people or
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