Monday, May 10, 2004


W. Somerset Maugham on Politicians

In The Summing Up (1938), W. Somerset Maugham had this to say about politicians:
I have known in various countries a good many politicians who have attained high office. I have continued to be puzzled by what seemed to me the mediocrity of their minds. I have found them ill-informed upon the ordinary affairs of life, and I have not often discovered in them either subtlety of intellect or liveliness of imagination.
Things have not changed much, in this respect at least, since 1938.

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