"It is not true that suffering ennobles the character happiness does that sometimes, but suffering for the most part, makes men petty and vindictive."
"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."W. Somerset Maugham on Frederick Douglass
"I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naive or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman."W. Somerset Maugham on Anais Nin
"Men always want to be a woman's first love - women like to be a man's last romance."W. Somerset Maugham on Oscar Wilde
"Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?"W. Somerset Maugham on Confucius
"Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men."W. Somerset Maugham on Mahatma Gandhi
"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."