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MAX BEERBOHM
English essayist, caricaturist and parodist
(1872 - 1956)
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After all, as a pretty girl once said to me, women are a sex by themselves, so to speak.
      - [Women]

All fantasy should have a solid base in reality.
      - [Fantasy]

Every kind of writing is hypocritical.
      - [Writing]

I need no dictionary of quotations to remind me that the eyes are the windows of the soul.
      - [Eyes]

Incongruity is the mainspring of laughter.
      - [Laughter]

No fine work can be done without concentration and self-sacrifice and toil and doubt.
      - [Work]

Nobody ever died of laughter.
      - [Laughter]

Of all the objects of hatred, a woman once loved is the most hateful.
      - [Hatred]

Only mediocrity can be trusted to be always at its best.
      - [Mediocrity]

Only the insane take themselves seriously.
      - [Insanity]

People are either born hosts or born guests.
      - [Visiting]

People who insist on telling their dreams are among the terrors of the breakfast table.
      - [Dreams]

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

The past is a work of art, free of irrelevancies and loose ends.
      - [Past]

To destroy is still the strongest instinct in nature.
      - [Destruction]

That old bell, presage of a train, had just sounded through Oxford station; and the undergraduates who were waiting there, gay figures in tweed or flannels, moved to the margin of the platform and gazed idly up the line.
      - Zuleika Dobson [Books (First Lines)]


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