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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There is no reason why they should be less interesting ; and if by the time the
play has run its course they are out of date , what of it ? The play is dead anyway .
Now to this question the answer is that there is no reason at all . if he can get
... impulse has its motive , an audience , because it is not obvious , will not accept
it . The spectators of a play and the readers of a book insist on knowing the
reasons of action and they will not admit its probability unless the reasons are
It may be that my heart , having found rest nowhere , had some deep ancestral
craving for God and immortality which my reason would have no truck with . In
default of anything better it has seemed to me sometimes that I might pretend to ...
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