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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The spirituality of his expression suggested the tired scepticism of a philosopher
who had plumbed the secrets of existence and discovered nothing but vanity .
Having gradually wasted his small fortune , he preferred to live on the generosity
Arguments have been adduced to prove the existence of God , and I will ask the
reader to have patience with me while I briefly consider them . One of them
assumes that man has an idea of a perfect being ; and since perfection includes ...
... is no guarantee of its truth . It appears , then , that none of the arguments for the
existence of God is valid . But of course you do not disprove his existence
because you cannot prove it . Awe remains , man ' s sense [ 269 ] THE SUMMING
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