Max Beerbohm, fully Sir Henry Maximilian "Max" Beerbohm

Beerbohm, fully Sir Henry Maximilian "Max" Beerbohm

English Essayist, Caricaturist and Parodist

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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.

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.

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English Essayist, Caricaturist and Parodist