The Saturday Writing Quote – a W.S. Maugham collection

“A novelist must preserve a childlike belief in the importance of things which common sense considers of no great consequence.”

“The novel may stimulate you to think. It may satisfy your esthetic sense. It may arouse your moral emotions. But if it does not entertain you it is a bad novel.”

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“Only a mediocre writer is always at his best.”

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

“I only write when I’m inspired. And I see to it that I’m inspired every morning at 9 a.m.”

— W. Somerset Maugham, British novelist and short story writer (1874 – 1965)