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 ... then as a part of the pattern I was
attempting to draw to experience all the pleasures of sense . I have not been
hafraid of ...
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 ...
... for the drug - fiend at all events does not set himself on a pedestal from which
to look down on his fellowmen . The value of art , like the value of the Mystic Way
, lies in its effects . If it can only give pleasure , however spiritual that pleasure ...
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