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Макс Бирбом

Дата рождения: 24. Август 1872
Дата смерти: 20. Май 1956
Другие имена: Henry Maximilian Max Beerbohm

Макс Бирбом — английский писатель, художник-карикатурист, книжный иллюстратор.

„Все, что стоило делать, уже делалось, поэтому теперь есть смысл обратить внимание на то, чего делать не стоит.“

„Only the insane take themselves seriously.“

„Only mediocrity can be trusted to be always at its best. Genius must always have lapses proportionate to its triumphs.“

„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.“

„Nobody ever died of laughter.“

„History repeats itself. Historians repeat each other."

Collected Works of Max Beerbohm

„Mankind is divisible into two great classes: hosts and guests.“

„Some people are born to lift heavy weights,
some are born to juggle golden balls.“

„One is taught to refrain from irony, because mankind does tend to take it literally. In the hearing of the gods, who hear all, it is conversely unsage to make a simple and direct statement. So what is one to do? The dilema needs a whole volume to itself.“ Zuleika Dobson

„I utilise all my spare moments. I've read twenty-seven of the Hundred Best Books. I collect ferns.“ Zuleika Dobson

„Our hero's unreasoning rage was fed by a not unreasonable jealousy. It was clear to him that Zuleika had forgotten his existence. To-day, as soon as he had killed her love, she had shown him how much less to her was his love than the crowd's. And now again it was only the crowd she cared for. He followed with his eyes her long slender figure as she threaded her way in and out of the crowd, sinuously, confidingly, producing a penny from one lad's elbow, a threepenny-bit from between another's neck and collar, half a crown from another's hair, and always repeating in that flute-like voice of hers: "Well, this is rather queer!“ Zuleika Dobson

„No fine work can be done without concentration and self-sacrifice and toil and doubt.“

„The unforgettable thing in his life is usually not a thing he has done or left undone, but a thing done to him—some insolence or cruelty for which he could not, or did not, avenge himself.“ Zuleika Dobson, or, an Oxford love story

„I could no more marry a man about whom I could not make a fool of myself than I could marry one who made a fool of himself about me. Else had I long ceased to be a spinster.“ Zuleika Dobson

„What a lurid life Oscar Wilde does lead - so full of extraordinary incidents. What a chance for the memoir writers of the next century“

„She did not look like an orphan," said the wife of the Oriel don, subsequently, on the way home. The criticism was a just one.... Tall and lissom, she was sheathed from the bosom downwards in flamingo silk, and she was liberally festooned with emeralds. Her dark hair was not even strained back from her forehead and behind her ears, as an orphan's should be. Parted somewhere at the side, it fell in an avalanche of curls upon one eyebrow. From her right ear drooped heavily a black pearl, from her left a pink; and their difference gave an odd, bewildering witchery to the little face between.“ Zuleika Dobson

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