Quotations From MAX BEERBOHM


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  • 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.
    Max Beerbohm (1872-1956), British author. "A Cursory Conspectus of G.B.S.," Around Theatres (1924). Closing words of essay written in 1901. Shaw was Beerbohm's predecessor as dramatic critic on the London weekly, Saturday Review.

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  • To give an accurate and exhaustive account of that period would need a far less brilliant pen than mine.
    Max Beerbohm (1872-1956), British essayist, caricaturist. The Yellow Book, vol. 4, "1880," (1895).
  • 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.
    Max Beerbohm (1872-1956), British essayist, caricaturist. And Even Now, "Quia Imperfectum," (1920).

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  • 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.
    Max Beerbohm (1872-1956), British author. "Quia Imperfectum," And Even Now (1920).

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  • One might well say that mankind is divisible into two great classes: hosts and guests.
    Max Beerbohm (1872-1956), British essayist and caricaturist. (Essay written 1918). And Even Now, "Hosts and Guests," (1920).
  • 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.
    Max Beerbohm (1872-1956), British author. "Quia Imperfectum," And Even Now (1920).

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  • As a teacher, as a propagandist, Shaw is no good at all, even in his own generation. But as a personality, he is immortal.
    Max Beerbohm (1872-1956), British essayist, caricaturist. (Written 1901). Around Theatres, "A Cursory Conspectus of G.B.S," (1924). Closing words of essay. Shaw was Beerbohm's predecessor as dramatic critic on the London weekly, Saturday Review.

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  • I was a modest, good-humoured boy. It is Oxford that has made me insufferable.
    Max Beerbohm (1872-1956), British essayist, caricaturist. More, "Going Back to School," (1899). Referring to Oxford University.
  • 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.
    Max Beerbohm (1872-1956), British author. Essay written 1901. "The Spirit of Caricature," A Variety of Things (1928).

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  • Most women are not so young as they are painted.
    Max Beerbohm (1872-1956), British essayist, caricaturist. The Yellow Book, vol. 4, "A Defence of Cosmetics," (1895).

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