Max Beerbohm Quotes

“The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.” (Shakespeare) At any rate, the sinner has a better chance than the saint of being hereafter remembered. We, in whom original sin preponderates, find him easier to understand.

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

There is always something rather absurd about the past.

To destroy is still the strongest instinct in nature.

Only the insane take themselves seriously.

How many charming talents have been spoiled by the instilled desire to do ‘important’ work! Some people are born to lift heavy weights. Some are born to juggle with golden balls.

When hospitality becomes an art it loses its very soul.

To mankind in general, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth stand out as the supreme type of all that a host and hostess should not be.

You cannot make a man by standing a sheep on its hind-legs. But by standing a flock of sheep in that position you can make a crowd of men.

It is easier to confess a defect than to claim a quality.