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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This is sound , for an idea may lose its effect if it is delivered abruptly ; but it is a
matter of delicacy , since it may well lead to verbiage . Here a knowledge of stage
dialogue should help . An actor will sometimes say to an author : ' Couldn ' t you ...
Trying to form for myself some sort of picture of this , I have seen spirit in the
likeness of a river that forces its way through the jungle of matter ; but river is
jungle and jungle is river , for river and jungle are one . It does not seem
impossible that ...
Is it possible to suppose that it will matter then that he ever existed ? He will have
been a chapter in the history of the universe as pointless as the chapter in which
is written the life stories of the strange monsters that inhabited the primæval ...
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