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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He lives not by truth but by make - believe , and his idealism , it has sometimes
seemed to me , is merely his effort to attach the prestige of truth to the fictions he
has invented to satisfy his self - conceit . ages ways ceritÚs n lxxvi Beauty stands
One of the most curious things that has forced itself on my notice is that there is
no permanence in the judgment of beauty . The museums are full of objects
which the most cultivated taste of a period considered beautiful , but which seem
to us ...
know that anyone has studied the effect of time on the creation of beauty . It is not
only that we grow to see the beauty of things as we know them better ; it is rather
that the delight that succeeding ages take in them somehow adds to their ...
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