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Max Beerbohm Quotes


Sir Henry Maximilian "Max" Beerbohm was an English essayist, parodist and caricaturist best known today for his 1911 novel Zuleika Dobson.
(1872 - 1956)

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A hundred eyes were fixed on her, and half as many hearts lost to her.
 

All fantasy should have a solid base in reality.
 

Anything that is worth doing has been done frequently. Things hitherto undone should be given, I suspect, a wide berth.
 

As a teacher, as a propagandist, Mr. Shaw is no good at all, even in his own generation. But as a personality, he is immortal.
 

Good sense about trivialities is better than nonsense about things that matter.
 

Humility is a virtue, and it is a virtue innate in guests.
[Virtue]
 

I have known no man of genius who had not to pay, in some affliction or defect either physical or spiritual, for what the gods had given him.
 

I need no dictionary of quotations to remind me that the eyes are the windows of the soul.
 

I was a modest, good-humoured boy. It is Oxford that has made me insufferable.
 

Incongruity is the mainspring of laughter.
 

It is easier to confess a defect than to claim a quality.
 

It seems to be a law of nature that no man, unless he has some obvious physical deformity, ever is loth to sit for his portrait.
 

Men of genius are not quick judges of character. Deep thinking and high imagining blunt that trivial instinct by which you and I size people up.
 

Most women are not as young as they are painted.
 

No fine work can be done without concentration and self-sacrifice and toil and doubt.
[Work]
 

No Roman ever was able to say, 'I dined last night with the Borgias'.
 

Nobody ever died of laughter.
 

Of all the objects of hatred, a woman once loved is the most hateful.
 

One might well say that mankind is divisible into two great classes: hosts and guests.
 

Only mediocrity can be trusted to be always at its best.
 


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