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Quotes by Somerset Maugham

'If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn't matter a damn how you write.'

'The crown of literature is poetry.. It is its end and aim. It is the sublimest activity of the human mind. It is the achievement of beauty and delicacy.' the writer of prose can only step aside when the poet passes.

'A good style should show no sign of effort. What is written should seem a happy accident.'

'I'm a writer - if I stop writing, I'm nothing.'

'There are three rules for writing the novel.  Unfortunately no one knows what they are.'

'The crown of literature is poetry. It is its end and aim.  It is the sublimest activity of the human mind.  It is the achievement of beauty and delicacy. The writer of prose can only step aside when the poet passes.'

'The only important thing in a book is the meaning it has for you.'

‘There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately no-one knows what they are.’

'I would sooner read a time-table or a catalogue than nothing at all, they are much more entertaining than half the novels that are written.'

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