Good morning, Netizens...
We have a picture of Maugham, the author of our quote of the day, and what he wrote:
Follow your inclinations with due regard to the policeman round the corner.
W. Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965), 'Of Human Bondage', 1915
Perhaps if you are curious you might want to read the entire Wikipedia article on Maugham, as this British citizen and world-renown author was not only a multi-hued man of interesting experiences in the world, he was gay, and yet, because of the various places he lived, very discrete about it. In reading http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._Somerset_Maugham you can gather the scope and breadth of Maugham's incredibly prodigious literary life as well as his world travels. Since “Of Human Bondage” is also a free Gutenberg text here http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/351, not to mention available in Kindel format from Amazon, you can easily obtain a copy of the book for your own personal library if you wish. Just remember that, according to several critics, Maugham often injected an autobiographical image or two into everything he wrote.
Now as to the quote itself, and without launching myself into the ongoing, deep, confusing and murky waters of the Spokane Police Department at this particular juncture in time, suffice it to say the quote is timelessly-irrespective of any law enforcement services anywhere in the world. It is a strong admonition to carefully consider your actions before you step forth onto the stage of the world and to always be aware of the policeman, to whom you may pose a particular threat.
Perhaps a classic example of this is you are driving down a long and largely empty road, and suddenly you become aware of a patrol car looming up in your rear-view mirror. You glance at your speedometer almost out of instinctual fear, do you not? Isn't that human nature?
Just a modest thought for the morning in washed-out gray Spokane as we tremulously continue treading toward Spring.