Sir Henry Maximilian Beerbohm Quotes

Just as "pluck" comes of breeding, so is endurance especially an attribute of the artist. Because he can stand outside himself, and (if there be nothing ignoble in them) take pleasure in his own sufferings, the artist has a huge advantage over you and me.

Sir Henry Maximilian Beerbohm

A crowd, proportionately to its size, magnifies all that in its units pertains to the emotions, and diminishes all that in them pertains to thought.

Sir Henry Maximilian Beerbohm

You cannot make a man by standing a sheep on its hind-legs. But by standing a whole flock of sheep in that position you can make a crowd of men. If man were not a gregarious animal, the world might have achieved, by this time, some real progress towards civilization. Segregate him, and he is no fool. But let him loose among his fellows, and he is lost - he becomes a unit in unreason.

Sir Henry Maximilian Beerbohm

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

Sir Henry Maximilian Beerbohm

It is so much easier to covet what one hasnt than to revel in what one has. Also, it is so much easier to be enthusiastic about what exists than about what doesnt.

Sir Henry Maximilian Beerbohm

Oxford walls have a way of belittling us; and the Duke was loath to regard his doom as trivial. Aye, by all minerals we are mocked. Vegetables, yearly deciduous, are far more sympathetic.

Sir Henry Maximilian Beerbohm

One has never known a good man to whom dogs were not dear; but many of the best women have no such fondness. You will find that the woman who is really kind to dogs is always one who has failed to inspire sympathy in men. For the attractive woman, dogs are mere dumb and restless brutes possibly dangerous, certainly soulless. Yet will coquetry teach her to caress any dog in the presence of a man enslaved by her.

Sir Henry Maximilian Beerbohm

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

Sir Henry Maximilian Beerbohm

For a young man, sleep is a sure solvent of distress. There whirls not for him in the night any so hideous phantasmagoria as will not become, in the clarity of the next morning, a spruce procession for him to lead. Brief the vague horror of his awakening; memory sweeps back to him, and he sees nothing dreadful after all. "Why not?" is the suns bright message to him, and "Why not indeed?" his answer.

Sir Henry Maximilian Beerbohm

He was too much concerned with his own perfection ever to think of admiring any one else.

Sir Henry Maximilian Beerbohm

She was a young person whose reveries never were in retrospect. For her past was no treasury of distinct memories, all hoarded and classified, some brighter than others and more highly valued. All memories were for her but as notes in one fused radiance that followed her and made more luminous the pathway of her future.

Sir Henry Maximilian Beerbohm

Zuleika, on a desert island, would have spent most of her time in looking for a man's footprint.

Sir Henry Maximilian Beerbohm

Only the insane take themselves quite seriously.

Sir Henry Maximilian Beerbohm

The past is a work of art, free of irrelevancies and loose ends.

Sir Henry Maximilian Beerbohm

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.

Sir Henry Maximilian Beerbohm
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