Logan Pearsall Smith Quotes

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A best-seller is the gilded tomb of a mediocre talent.
People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.
— Logan Pearsall Smith

reading

How awful to reflect that what people say of us is true!
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One can be bored until boredom becomes a mystical experience.

boredom

Aphorisms are salted and not sugared almonds at Reason's feast.

aphorisms

The test of a vocation is the love of the drudgery it involves.

vocation

There are people who, like houses, are beautiful in dilapidation.

old age

Only among people who think no evil can Evil monstrously flourish.

evil

What I like in a good author is not what he says but what he whispers.
— Logan Pearsall Smith

books

What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers.

authors

It is the wretchedness of being rich that you have to live with rich people.
— Logan Pearsall Smith

wealth

Most people sell their souls and live with a good conscience on the proceeds.

hypocrisy

We are the children of our age, but children who can never know their mother.
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history

Most people sell their souls, and live with a good conscience on the proceeds.
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conscience

There are few sorrows, however poignant, in which a good income is of no avail.
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sorrow

Happiness is a wine of the rarest vintage, and seems insipid to a vulgar taste.

happiness

Those who set out to serve both God and Mammon soon discover that there isn't a God.
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money

There is more felicity on the far side of baldness than young men can possibly imagine.
I can't forgive my friends for dying; I don't find these vanishing acts of theirs at all amusing.

death

How many of our daydreams would darken into nightmares, were there a danger of their coming true!
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dreams

Don't laugh at a youth for his affectations; he is only trying on one face after another to find his own.

affectation

What is more mortifying than to feel that you have missed the plum for want of courage to shake the tree?

risk-taking courage

When they come downstairs from their Ivory Towers, Idealists are very apt to walk straight into the gutter.

idealist

Don't laugh at a youth for his affectations; he is only trying on one face after another to find a face of his own.

youth identity

Every author, however modest, keeps a most outrageous vanity chained like a madman in the padded cell of his breast.

authors vanity

Charming people live up to the very edge of their charm, and behave just as outrageously as the world will let them.

charm

The flavor of social success is delicious, though it is scorned by those to whose lips the cup has not been proffered.
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It's an odd thing about this universe that, though we all disagree with each other, we are all of us always in the right.
— Logan Pearsall Smith

opinions

How can they say my life is not a success? Have I not for more than sixty years got enough to eat and escaped being eaten?
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success

Don't laugh at a youth for their affectations; they are only trying on one face after another to find a face of their own.
— Logan Pearsall Smith
I can't forgive my friends for... I can't forgive my friends for dying; I don't find these vanishing acts of theirs at all amusing.
— Logan Pearsall Smith

death

The denunciation of the young is a necessary part of the hygiene of older people, and greatly assists the circulation of their blood.

youth & age

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.
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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 completely sober.

wealth

We need new friends; some of us are cannibals who have eaten their old friends up: others must have ever-renewed audiences before whom to re-enact an ideal version of their lives.
— Logan Pearsall Smith
The indefatigable pursuit of an unattainable perfection, even though it consist in nothing more than the pounding of an old piano, is what alone gives a meaning to our life on this unavailing star.

perfection