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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For French is the common language of educated men and it is certainly
convenient to speak it well enough to be able to treat of any subject of discourse
that may arise . It has a great literature ; other countries , with the exception of
I thought then that in The Sacred Flame I would try to make my characters speak
not the words they would actually have spoken , but in a more formal manner ,
using the phrases they would have used if they had been able to prepare them ...
The bee produces wax for her own purposes and is unaware that man will put it
to diverse uses . Ixxvii It appears then impossible to say that either truth or beauty
has intrinsic value . What about goodness ? But before I speak of goodness I ...
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