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Daemon
Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 12:00:00 AM
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I forget who it was that recommended men for their soul's good to do each day two things they disliked: it was a wise man, and it is a precept that I have followed scrupulously; for every day I have got up and I have gone to bed.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)
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Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 2:31:47 AM
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Daemon wrote:
I forget who it was that recommended men for their soul's good to do each day two things they disliked: it was a wise man, and it is a precept that I have followed scrupulously; for every day I have got up and I have gone to bed.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)


"Moon and Sixpence" Chapter II ( only a scant few pages into the novel, and short chapters, promise ) This is the narrator speaking, a writer himself, a published writer; the excerpt is in a way an introduction to the novel, a retrospect of the story about Charles Strickland, the painter who did "seek his reward in the pleasure of his work and in release from the burden of his thought; and, indifferent to aught else, care(d) nothing for praise or censure, failure or success."

Otherwise, the quotation is but a good epigram, the proof of something else Maugham had said to the effect that anybody can write the truth but only a few can write good epigrams. And he could!

Quote, " I forget who it was that recommended men for their soul's good to do each day two things they disliked: it was a wise man, and it is a precept that I have followed scrupulously; for every day I have got up and I have gone to bed. But there is in my nature a strain of asceticism, and I have subjected my flesh each week to a more severe mortification. I have never failed to read the Literary Supplement of The Times. It is a salutary discipline to consider the vast number of books that are written, the fair hopes with which their authors see them published, and the fate which awaits them. What chance is there that any book will make its way among that multitude? And the successful books are but the successes of a season. Heaven knows what pains the author has been at, what bitter experiences he has endured and what heartache suffered, to give some chance reader a few hours' relaxation or to while away the tedium of a journey. And if I may judge from the reviews, many of these books are well and carefully written; much thought has gone to their composition; to some even has been given the anxious labour of a lifetime. The moral I draw is that the writer should seek his reward in the pleasure of his work and in release from the burden of his thought; and, indifferent to aught else, care nothing for praise or censure, failure or success.
Bully_rus
Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 5:30:24 AM
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Which is a great advice in itself: as long as you dutifully obey it day in and day out - you are alive.
PS More than two is a mission impossible or an unnecessary mission?
pedro
Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 5:57:19 AM

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A nice quote with which I concur. He wrote some pithy quotes. I've always rated his short stories. I should try and make time for some of his longer works.

All good ideas arrive by chance- Max Ernst
GreenBanana
Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 1:39:03 PM

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I say just getting up counts as two.

Seriously, though, 1874-1965? Wow, he's lived through some crazy changes.

Make every post as if it was the first one in the thread.
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