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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We know that all men are mortal ( Socrates was a man ; therefore - and so forth ) ,
but it remains for us little more than a logical premiss till we are forced to
recognize that in the ordinary course of things our end can no longer be remote .
I have attempted things that were foreign to my nature and obstinately perse
vered in them because in my vanity I would not confess myself beaten . I have
paid too much atten tion to the opinion of others . I have made sacrifices to
Indeed if it were not founded on an accepted legend they would be unanimous in
asserting that such a thing was ... for after all there were politics , golf , getting on
with one ' s job and all sorts of other things , it was a welcome relief to come ...
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