Quotations by Max Beerbohm

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Born: Saturday, August 24, 1872
Died: Sunday, May 20, 1956 (83 years old)
Profession: Actor
Nationality: English


A hundred eyes were fixed on her, and half as many hearts lost to her.
- Max Beerbohm
(Keywords: Eyes)

All fantasy should have a solid base in reality.
- Max Beerbohm
(Keywords: Fantasy, Reality)

Anything that is worth doing has been done frequently. Things hitherto undone should be given, I suspect, a wide berth.
- Max Beerbohm
(Keywords: Worth)

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.
- Max Beerbohm
(Keywords: Personality)

Good sense about trivialities is better than nonsense about things that matter.
- Max Beerbohm
(Keywords: Nonsense)

Humility is a virtue, and it is a virtue innate in guests.
- Max Beerbohm
(Keywords: Virtue, Guests, Humility)

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.
- Max Beerbohm
(Keywords: Genius, Gods, Affliction, Man, Spiritual)

I need no dictionary of quotations to remind me that the eyes are the windows of the soul.
- Max Beerbohm
(Keywords: Soul, Eyes, Quotations, Windows)

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

Incongruity is the mainspring of laughter.
- Max Beerbohm
(Keywords: Laughter)

It is easier to confess a defect than to claim a quality.
- Max Beerbohm
(Keywords: 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.
- Max Beerbohm
(Keywords: Nature, Law, Man, Obvious)

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.
- Max Beerbohm
(Keywords: Men, Genius, People, Character, Deep, Instinct, Judges, Quick, Thinking)

Most women are not as young as they are painted.
- Max Beerbohm
(Keywords: Women)

No fine work can be done without concentration and self-sacrifice and toil and doubt.
- Max Beerbohm
(Keywords: Work, Doubt, Self)

No Roman ever was able to say, 'I dined last night with the Borgias'.
- Max Beerbohm
(Keywords: Night)

Nobody ever died of laughter.
- Max Beerbohm
(Keywords: Laughter)

Of all the objects of hatred, a woman once loved is the most hateful.
- Max Beerbohm
(Keywords: Hatred, Woman)

One might well say that mankind is divisible into two great classes: hosts and guests.
- Max Beerbohm
(Keywords: Guests, Mankind)

Only mediocrity can be trusted to be always at its best.
- Max Beerbohm
(Keywords: Mediocrity)

People are either born hosts or born guests.
- Max Beerbohm
(Keywords: People, Guests)

People who insist on telling their dreams are among the terrors of the breakfast table.
- Max Beerbohm
(Keywords: Dreams, People)

Some people are born to lift heavy weights, some are born to juggle golden balls.
- Max Beerbohm
(Keywords: People)

The delicate balance between modesty and conceit is popularity.
- Max Beerbohm
(Keywords: Balance, Conceit, Modesty, Popularity)

The Non-Conformist Conscience makes cowards of us all.
- Max Beerbohm
(Keywords: Conscience, Cowards)

There is much to be said for failure. It is much more interesting than success.
- Max Beerbohm
(Keywords: Success, Failure)

To destroy is still the strongest instinct in nature.
- Max Beerbohm
(Keywords: Nature, Instinct)

To give an accurate and exhaustive account of that period would need a far less brilliant pen than mine.
- Max Beerbohm
(Keywords: Pen)

To give and then not feel that one has given is the very best of all ways of giving.
- Max Beerbohm
(Keywords: Giving)

To mankind in general Macbeth and Lady Macbeth stand out as the supreme type of all that a host and hostess should not be.
- Max Beerbohm
(Keywords: Lady, Mankind)

To say that a man is vain means merely that he is pleased with the effect he produces on other people.
- Max Beerbohm
(Keywords: People, Effect, Man)

We must stop talking about the American dream and start listening to the dreams of Americans.
- Max Beerbohm
(Keywords: Dreams, American, Americans, Listening, Talking)

When hospitality becomes an art it loses its very soul.
- Max Beerbohm
(Keywords: Art, Soul, Hospitality)

You will find my last words in the blue folder.
- Max Beerbohm
(Keywords: Will, Words)

You will find that the woman who is really kind to dogs is always one who has failed to inspire sympathy in men.
- Max Beerbohm
(Keywords: Men, Sympathy, Dogs, Will, Woman)







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