The opening lines of the great author’s (very) short story:

“It is a dangerous thing to order the lives of others and I have often wondered at the self-confidence of politicians, reformers and suchlike who are prepared to force upon their fellows measures that must alter their manners, habits, and points of view.  I have always hesitated to give advice, for how can one advise another how to act unless one knows that other as well as one knows oneself?  Heaven knows, I know little enough of myself.”

Episode 36 of PZ’s Podcast, which talks at length about Maugham and the nature of Unconventional Thinking is up now!