Max Beerbohm, fully Sir Henry Maximilian "Max" Beerbohm

Max
Beerbohm, fully Sir Henry Maximilian "Max" Beerbohm
1872
1956

English Essayist, Caricaturist and Parodist

Author Quotes

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

Nobody ever died of laughter.

There is much to be said for failure. It is much more interesting than success.

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.

Not that I had any special reason for hating school. Strange as it may seem to my readers, I was not unpopular there. I was a modest, good-humored boy. It is Oxford that has made me insufferable.

To destroy is still the strongest instinct in nature.

But beauty and the lust for learning have yet to be allied.

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

To give an accurate and exhaustive account of that period would need a far less brilliant pen than mine.

But the dullard's envy of brilliant men is always assuaged by the suspicion that they will come to a bad end.

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

To give and then not feel that one has given is the very best of all ways of giving.

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

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

To mankind in general Macbeth and Lady Macbeth stand out as the supreme type of all that a host and hostess should not be.

Humility is a virtue, and it is a virtue innate in guests.

Only mediocrity can be trusted to be always at its best. Sir Max Beerbohm

We must stop talking about the American dream and start listening to the dreams of Americans.

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.

People are either born hosts or born guests.

You cannot make a man by standing a sheep on its hind legs. But by standing a flock of sheep in that position you can make a crowd of men.

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

People who insist on telling their dreams are among the terrors of the breakfast table.

You will find my last words in the blue folder.

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

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First Name
Max
Last Name
Beerbohm, fully Sir Henry Maximilian "Max" Beerbohm
Birth Date
1872
Death Date
1956
Bio

English Essayist, Caricaturist and Parodist