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

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.

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

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.

The most perfect caricature is that which, on a small surface, with the simplest means, most accurately exaggerates, to the highest point, the peculiarities of a human being, at his most characteristic moment in the most beautiful manner.

After all, as a pretty girl once said to me, women are a sex by themselves, so to speak.

Most women are not as young as they are painted.

The Non-Conformist Conscience makes cowards of us all.

All fantasy should have a solid base in reality.

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

The past is a work of art, free of irrelevancies and loose ends.

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.

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First Name
Max
Last Name
Beerbohm, fully Sir Henry Maximilian "Max" Beerbohm
Birth Date
1872
Death Date
1956
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English Essayist, Caricaturist and Parodist