"Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul."
"True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist."W. Somerset Maugham on Albert Einstein
"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."W. Somerset Maugham on Vincent Van Gogh
"The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person."W. Somerset Maugham on Abraham Lincoln
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."W. Somerset Maugham on Aristotle
"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament."W. Somerset Maugham on Oscar Wilde
"Old age has its pleasures, which, though different, are not less than the pleasures of youth."
"What makes old age hard to bear is not the failing of one's faculties, mental and physical, but the burden of one's memories."
"Old age is ready to undertake tasks that youth shirked because they would take too long."
"The world in general doesn't know what to make of originality it is startled out of its comfortable habits of thought, and its first reaction is one of anger."
"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."