Jim's Favorite Famous Quote, Quip, Axiom, and Maxim Repository
W. Somerset Maugham
William Maugham
W. Somerset Maugham.
BornJanuary 25, 1874
Paris, France
DiedDecember 16, 1965
Nice, France
British writer and playwright. Authored the novel Of Human Bondage (1915), the autobiography Summing Up (1938), and the play Lady Frederick (1907).

The repository contains seven quotes from W. Somerset Maugham.

BestSuccess and Failure

Only a mediocre person is always at his best.


Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.


From the standpoint of pure reason, there are no good grounds to support the claim that one should sacrifice ones own happiness to that of others.

Food and Drink

At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely.


Dying is a very dull, dreary affair. And my advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it.


Punctuality is a compliment you pay to the intelligent and a rebuke you pay to the stupid.


The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit.