Sir Max Beerbohm Quotes

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Death cancels all engagements.

death

Most women are not so young as they are painted.

cosmetics makeup

To make oneself beautiful is an universal instinct.
— Sir Max Beerbohm
To destroy is still the strongest instinct in nature.
— Sir Max Beerbohm

nature

Beauty and the lust for learning have yet to be allied.

beauty

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

awards mediocrity

Of all the objects of hatred, a woman once loved is the most hateful.

men and women

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

failure

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

Giving

Vulgarity has its uses.  Vulgarity often cuts ice which refinement scrapes at vainly.
People who insist on telling their dreams are among the terrors of the breakfast table.
— Sir Max Beerbohm

boring people

It needs no dictionary of quotations to remind me that the eyes are the windows of the soul.

eyes

People seem to think there is something inherently noble and virtuous in the desire to go for a walk.

walking

He was one of those people who say, 'I don't know anything about music really, but I know what I like.'
— Sir Max Beerbohm
Improvisation is the essence of good talk.  Heaven defend us from the talker who doles out things prepared for us!

conversation talking

It seems to be a law of nature that no man, unless he has some obvious physical deformity, ever is loathe to sit for his portrait.

portraits

I have known no one of genius who had not to pay, in some affliction or defect either physical or spiritual, for what the gods had given him.
— Sir 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.

genius

By its very looseness, by its way of evoking rather than defining, suggesting rather than saying, English is a magnificent vehicle for emotional poetry.

language English