There is a terribly woeful lot of quotes out there about the topic of Solace. The ones on comfort belong in cheesy ‘I’m sorry for your loss cards’. So I went on a little journey and I decided to investigate a little about William Somerset Maugham, mostly because he trumped up the one half decent quote:
Writing is the supreme solace.
– W. Somerset Maugham
Sommerset had a fair need for solace it seems – he was quite prolific as a writer (1930’s author and playwright). I would hazzard that he also found solace in reading.
When I read a book I seem to read it with my eyes only, but now and then I come across a passage, perhaps only a phrase, which has a meaning for me, and it becomes part of me.
-W. Somerset Maugham, ‘Of Human Bondage’, 1915
In this he is not alone. I hope to read something of his one day.