Sir Henry Maximilian Beerbohm Quotes

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.

Sir Henry Maximilian Beerbohm

Death cancels all engagements.

Sir Henry Maximilian Beerbohm

As a teacher, as a propagandist, Shaw is no good at all, even in his own generation. But as a personality, he is immortal.

Sir Henry Maximilian Beerbohm

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

Sir Henry Maximilian Beerbohm

He heard that whenever a woman was to blame for a disappointment, the best way to avoid a scene was to inculpate oneself.

Sir Henry Maximilian Beerbohm

In every human being one or the other of these two instincts is predominant: the active or positive instinct to offer hospitality, the negative or passive instinct to accept it. And either of these instincts is so significant of character that one might as well say that mankind is divisible into two great classes: hosts and guests.

Sir Henry Maximilian Beerbohm

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

Sir Henry Maximilian Beerbohm

Most women are not so young as they are painted.

Sir Henry Maximilian Beerbohm

The Non-Conformist Conscience makes cowards of us all.

Sir Henry Maximilian Beerbohm

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.

Sir Henry Maximilian Beerbohm

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.

Sir Henry Maximilian Beerbohm

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 or in legend as having died of laughter.

Sir Henry Maximilian Beerbohm

I am a Tory Anarchist. I should like every one to go about doing just as he pleased short of altering any of the things to which I have grown accustomed.

Sir Henry Maximilian 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.

Sir Henry Maximilian Beerbohm

Everywhere he found his precept checkmated by his example.

Sir Henry Maximilian Beerbohm

The Socratic manner is not a game at which two can play.

Sir Henry Maximilian Beerbohm
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