"The crown of literature is poetry."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."W. Somerset Maugham on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."W. Somerset Maugham on Oscar Wilde
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."W. Somerset Maugham on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."W. Somerset Maugham on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."W. Somerset Maugham on Robert Frost
"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."