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Max Beerbohm Quotes

Nobody ever died of laughter.
Max Beerbohm

Only the insane take themselves seriously.
Max Beerbohm

Great men are but life-sized. Most of them, indeed, are rather short.
Max Beerbohm

To destroy is still the strongest instinct in nature.
Max Beerbohm

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

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.
Zuleika Dobson, Max Beerbohm

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

It is easier to confess a defect than to claim a quality.
Max Beerbohm

Most women are not as young as they are painted.
Max Beerbohm

‘The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.’ (Shakespeare) At any rate, the sinner has a better chance than the saint of being hereafter remembered. We, in whom original sin preponderates, find him easier to understand.
Max Beerbohm

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

All fantasy should have a solid base in reality.
Zuleika Dobson, Max Beerbohm

No fine work can be done without concentration and self-sacrifice and toil and doubt.
Max Beerbohm

You will find my last words in the blue folder.
To his secretary on his deathbed, Max Beerbohm

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

The dullard’s envy of brilliant men is always assuaged by the suspicion that they will come to bad end.
Zuleika Dobson, Max Beerbohm

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

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

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

The hospitable instinct is not wholly altruistic. There is pride and egoism mixed up with it.
Max Beerbohm