W. Somerset Maugham

“Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger.

There is really nothing to be said about it.

It is like the perfume of a rose:

you can smell it and that is all.”

W. Somerset Maugham

Foto by L. K. Thayer

© 2011

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One comment

  1. paul mckay · July 18, 2011

    I think that’s from Maugham’s long essay “The Summing Up”? Which is a great read. I used to read it about once a year when I was a journalist and essayist as a refresher course on how to write with clarity and style and for as his incisive take on the arts. You hit on one of my faves here, Lisa dahling. Your the best.

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