A Divine Afflatus
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"It may be that beauty, like happiness and originality, is more likely to be obtained when it is not deliberately attempted."
What wishy-washy rhetorical nonsense!! The above sentence doesn't actually state anything.
The sentence has equal meaning if restated thusly: "It may be that the flying spaghetti monster is more likely to appear than the Great Pumpkin when one is not trying to find him."
Maugham, if you want to make a statement, then damnit, say something! Like this: "True beauty, happiness and originality are unobtainable through intention."
Once Maugham looses the passive voice and adverbs I'll take another look. Otherwise, it's sweet smelling crap.
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