"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."
"More marriages might survive if the partners realized that sometimes the better comes after the worse."W. Somerset Maugham on Doug Larson
"There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage."W. Somerset Maugham on Martin Luther
"Marriage is the most natural state of man, and... the state in which you will find solid happiness."W. Somerset Maugham on Benjamin Franklin
"Marriage is an alliance entered into by a man who can't sleep with the window shut, and a woman who can't sleep with the window open."W. Somerset Maugham on George Bernard Shaw
"Experts on romance say for a happy marriage there has to be more than a passionate love. For a lasting union, they insist, there must be a genuine liking for each other. Which, in my book, is a good definition for friendship."W. Somerset Maugham on Marilyn Monroe
"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."
"Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul."