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 audience from feeling a certain monotony and because nothing , either
incident or character , has been very forcibly impressed upon them they are very
likely to take away with them , when the play is over , some confusion of spirit .
They have not been able to reconcile Beethoven ' s idealism with his meanness
of spirit , Wagner ' s heavenly rapture with his selfishness and dishonesty ,
Cervantes ' moral obliquity with his tenderness and magnanimity . Sometimes , in
and spirit that are offered by the philosophers for the consideration of the plain
man that which still seems to me most satisfactory is Spinoza ' s conception that
substance thinking and substance extended are one and the same substance .
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