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Sir Max Beerbohm Quotes

(1872-1956), British Actor

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

Category: Colleges And Universities

The Non-Conformist Conscience makes cowards of us all.

Category: Conscience

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

Category: Failure

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.

Category: Genius

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

Category: Greatness

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

Category: Guests

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

Category: History And Historians

Nobody ever died of laughter.

Category: Laughter

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

Category: Mediocrity

She was one of those people who said ''I don't know anything about music, but I know what I like.''

Category: Music

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

Category: Nonsense

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.

Category: Portraits

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

Category: Sacrifice

To say that a man is vain means merely that he is pleased with the effect he produces on other people. A conceited man is satisfied with the effect he produces on himself.

Category: Vanity