Logan Pearsall Smith

Logan Pearsall Smith (October 18, 1865-March 2, 1946) was an American essayist and critic, and a notable writer on historical semantics

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What I like in a good author is not what he says but what he whispers.
A man cannot be said to succeed in this life who does not satisfy one friend.
A slight touch of friendly malice and amusement towards those we love keeps our affections for them from turning flat.
All Reformers, however strict their social conscience, live in houses just as big as they can pay for.
Almost all reformers, however strict their social conscience, live in houses just as big as they can pay for.
An improper mind is a perpetual feast.
Don't laugh at a youth for his affectations he is only trying on one face after another to find his own.
Don't tell your friends their social faults they will cure the fault and never forgive you.
Every author, however modest, keeps a most outrageous vanity chained like a madman in the padded cell of his breast.
Fine writers should split hairs together, and sit side by side, like friendly apes, to pick the fleas from each others fur.
How many of our daydreams would darken into nightmares if there seemed any danger of their coming true
I can't forgive my friends for dying; I don't find these vanishing acts of theirs at all amusing.
I cannot forgive my friends for dying I do not find these vanishing acts of theirs at all amusing.
If you are losing your leisure, look out You are losing your soul.
If you want to be thought a liar, always tell the truth.
It is the wretchedness of being rich that you have to live with rich people.
It is through the cracks in our brains that ecstasy creeps in.
Marriage resembles a pair of shears, so jointed that they cannot be separated often moving in opposite directions, yet always punishing anyone who comes between them.
Most people sell their souls, and live with a good conscience on the proceeds.
People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.
Solvency is entirely a matter of temperament and not of income.
Thank Heaven, the sun has gone in, and I don't have to go out and enjoy it.
That we should practice what we preach is generally admitted; but anyone who preaches what he and his hearers practice must incur the gravest moral disapprobation.
The denunciation of the young is a necessary part of the hygiene of older people, and greatly assists in the circulation of their blood.
The denunciation of the young is a necessary part of the hygiene of older people, and greatly assists the circulation of the blood.
The indefatigable pursuit of an unattainable perfection, even though it consists in nothing more than the pounding of an old piano, is what alone gives meaning to our life on this unavailing star.
The lusts and greeds of the body scandalize the Soul but it has to come to heel.
The mere process of growing old together will make the slightest acquaintance seem a bosom friend.
The test of a vocation is the love of the drudgery it involves.
There are few sorrows in which a good income is of no avail.
There are few sorrows, however poignant, in which a good income is of no avail.
There are people who, like houses, are beautiful in dilapidation.
There are two things to aim at in life first, to get what you want and, after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.
There is one thing that matters -- to set a chime of words tinkling in the minds of a few fastidious people.
Those who set out to serve both God and Mammon soon discover that there isn't a God.
To fear death, my friends, is only to think ourselves wise, without being wise for it is to think that we know what we do not know. For anything that men can tell, death may be the greatest good that can happen to them but they fear it as if they knew quite well that it was the greatest of evils. And what is this but that shameful ignorance of thinking that we know what we do not know
To suppose, as we all suppose, that we could be rich and not behave as the rich behave, is like supposing that we could drink all day and keep absolutely sober.
Uncultivated minds are not full of wild flowers, like uncultivated fields. Villainous weeds grow in them, and they are full of toads.
We grow with years more fragile in body, but morally stutter, and can throw off the chill of a bad conscience almost at once.
We need two kinds of acquaintances, one to complain to, while to the others we boast.
What is more mortifying than to feel that you have missed the plum for want of courage to shake the tree?
What music is more enchanting than the voices of young people, when you can't hear what they say
What pursuit is more elegant than that of collecting the ignominies of our nature and transfixing them for show, each on the bright pin of a polished phrase?
When they come downstairs from their Ivory Towers, Idealists are very apt to walk straight into the gutter.

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