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Altruism without pleasure, immediate or remote, is absurd. When one expects
unselfishness from another and does not get it, one can only shrug one's
shoulder and pass on. Certainly one has no right to be angry. # What if an
individual does ...
thwarted. Parents are foolish when they accuse their children of ingratitude; they
should remember that what they have done for them was for their own pleasure.
# There can be nothing praiseworthy in sacrifice in itself, and before a man does
The hedonist must remember that self-consciousness is incompatible with
happiness. Happiness will escape him if he fixes his mind on his own pursuit of
pleasure. # Desire is pleasurable in its early stages, but, becoming intense, is
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A compilation of notes kept over his lifetime and published just before Maugham's death. Though there were some pearls of wisdom and insightful comments on writing it was his commentary on daily life ... Read full review