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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I have paid too much atten tion to the opinion of others . I have made sacrifices to
unworthy objects because I had not the courage to inflict pain . I have committed
follies . I have a sensitive conscience , and I have done certain things in [ 51 ] ...
Putting aside those who regard suicide as sinful because it breaks a divine law , I
think the reason of the indigna . tion which it seems to arouse in so many is that
the suicide flouts the life - force , and by setting at nought the strongest instinct of
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