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

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.

She was one of the people who say I don't know anything about music really, but I know what I like.

You will find that the woman who is really kind to dogs is always one who has failed to inspire sympathy in men.

Incongruity is the mainspring of laughter.

Some people are born to lift heavy weights, some are born to juggle golden balls.

Zuleika, on a desert island, would have spent most of her time in looking for a man's footprint.

It seems to be a law of nature that no man ever is loth to sit for his portrait.

Strange when you come to think of it, that of all the countless folk who have lived before our time on this planet not one is known in history for in legend as having died of laughter.

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.

The delicate balance between modesty and conceit is popularity.

A crowd, proportionately to its size, magnifies all that in its units pertains to the emotions, and diminishes all that in them pertains to thought.

Mankind is divisible into two great classes: hosts and guests.

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

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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