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Somerset Maugham Quotes

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How can I be... How can I be reasonable? To me our love was everything and you were my whole life. It is not very pleasant to realize that to you it was only an episode. 
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It is an illusion... It is an illusion that youth is happy, an illusion of those who have lost it; but the young know they are wretched for they are full of the truthless ideal which have been instilled into them, and each time they come in contact with the real, they are bruised and wounded. It looks as if they were victims of a conspiracy; for the books they read, ideal by the necessity of selection, and the conversation of their elders, who look back upon the past through a rosy haze of forgetfulness, prepare them for an unreal life. They must discover for themselves that all they have read and all they have been told are lies, lies, lies; and each discovery is another nail driven into the body on the cross of life.
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It's a funny thing... It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.W.
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Love is only a... Love is only a dirty trick played on us to achieve continuation of the species.W.
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The common idea that... The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain, egotistic and self-complacent is erroneous; on the contrary it makes them, for the most part, humble, tolerant and kind.W.
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The great tragedy of... The great tragedy of life is not that men perish, but that they cease to love. 
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We are not the... We are not the same persons this year as last; nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person.W.
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When you are young... When you are young you take the kindness people show you as your right.W.
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