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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... forget that , not even taking into consideration so grand a conception as the
Absolute , but from the standpoint of common sense , I am of no consequence
whatever . It would have made small difference to the universe if I had never
It may be that this planet alone can support life , or it may be that in other parts of
the universe other planets have had the possibility of forming a suitable
environment to that substance from which , we suppose , along the vast course of
time the ...
I wish that I had not committed a great many errors , but I do not deplore them nor
would I now have them undone . I do not think it unreasonable to hold the opinion
that everything in the universe combines to cause every one of our actions ...
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