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 passing moment is all we can be surak of ; it is only common sense to extract
its utmostky value from it ; the future will one day be the present and will seem as
unimportant as the present doesnt now . But common sense avails me little .
This is the price one has to pay for having a sense of humour . A sense of humour
leads you to take pleasure in the discrepancies of human nature ; it leads you to
mistrust great professions and look for the unworthy motive that they conceal ...
It is an attenuated experience that serves to give information about objects of
sense and in the world of sense is a guide to action . His day - dreams satisfy
emotional needs and fulfil desires that in the world of affairs are frustrated . But
they are ...
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