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All Quotes by author - Max Beerbohm
" A hundred eyes were fixed on her, and half as many hearts lost to her. "
" All fantasy should have a solid base in reality. "
" Anything that is worth doing has been done frequently. Things hitherto undone should be given, I suspect, a wide berth. "
" 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. "
" Good sense about trivialities is better than nonsense about things that matter. "
" Humility is a virtue, and it is a virtue innate in guests. "
" 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. "
" Incongruity is the mainspring of laughter. "
" I need no dictionary of quotations to remind me that the eyes are the windows of the soul. "
" It is easier to confess a defect than to claim a quality. "
" 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. "
" I was a modest, good-humoured boy. It is Oxford that has made me insufferable. "
" 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. "
" Most women are not as young as they are painted. "
" Nobody ever died of laughter. "
" No fine work can be done without concentration and self-sacrifice and toil and doubt. "
" No Roman ever was able to say, 'I dined last night with the Borgias'. "
" Of all the objects of hatred, a woman once loved is the most hateful. "
" One might well say that mankind is divisible into two great classes: hosts and guests. "
" Only mediocrity can be trusted to be always at its best. "
" People are either born hosts or born guests. "
" People who insist on telling their dreams are among the terrors of the breakfast table. "
" Some people are born to lift heavy weights, some are born to juggle golden balls. "
" The delicate balance between modesty and conceit is popularity. "
" The Non-Conformist Conscience makes cowards of us all. "
" There is much to be said for failure. It is much more interesting than success. "
" To destroy is still the strongest instinct in nature. "
" To give an accurate and exhaustive account of that period would need a far less brilliant pen than mine. "
" To give and then not feel that one has given is the very best of all ways of giving. "
" To mankind in general Macbeth and Lady Macbeth stand out as the supreme type of all that a host and hostess should not be. "
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