Quotes by Logan Pearsall Smith

The newest books are those that never grow old.
- Logan Pearsall Smith
He who goes against the fashion is himself its slave.
- Logan Pearsall Smith
A best-seller is the gilded tomb of a mediocre talent.
- Logan Pearsall Smith
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If you want to be thought a liar, always tell the truth.
- Logan Pearsall Smith
People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.
- Logan Pearsall Smith
It is through the cracks in our brains that ecstasy creeps in.
- Logan Pearsall Smith
The old know what they want; the young are sad and bewildered.
- Logan Pearsall Smith
The test of a vocation is the love of the drudgery it involves.
- Logan Pearsall Smith
Solvency is entirely a matter of temperament and not of income.
- Logan Pearsall Smith
Only a generation of readers will span a generation of writers.
- Logan Pearsall Smith
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There are people who, like houses, are beautiful in dilapidation.
- Logan Pearsall Smith
Only among people who think no evil can Evil monstrously flourish.
- Logan Pearsall Smith
If you are losing your leisure, look out; you may be losing your soul.
- Logan Pearsall Smith
What I like in a good author is not what he says but what he whispers.
- Logan Pearsall Smith
It is the wretchedness of being rich that you have to live with rich people.
- Logan Pearsall Smith
The vitality of a new movement in Art must be gauged by the fury it arouses.
- Logan Pearsall Smith
How it infuriates a bigot, when he is forced to drag out his dark convictions!
- Logan Pearsall Smith
Most people sell their souls, and live with a good conscience on the proceeds.
- Logan Pearsall Smith
Happiness is a wine of the rarest vintage, and seems insipid to a vulgar taste.
- Logan Pearsall Smith
There are few sorrows, however poignant, in which a good income is of no avail.
- Logan Pearsall Smith
Thank Heaven, the sun has gone in, and I don't have to go out and enjoy it.
- Logan Pearsall Smith
Our names are labels, plainly printed on the bottled essence of our past behavior.
- Logan Pearsall Smith
Those who set out to serve both God and Mammon soon discover that there is no God.
- Logan Pearsall Smith
We need two kinds of acquaintances, one to complain to, while to the others we boast.
- Logan Pearsall Smith
What joy can the years bring half so sweet as the unhappiness they've taken away?
- Logan Pearsall Smith
There is more felicity on the far side of baldness than young men can possibly imagine.
- Logan Pearsall Smith
Those who set out to serve both God and Mammon soon discover that there isn't a God.
- Logan Pearsall Smith
It takes a great man to give sound advice tactfully, but a greater to accept it graciously.
- Logan Pearsall Smith
Many of our daydreams would darken into nightmares, were there a danger of their coming true!
- Logan Pearsall Smith
Don't let young people tell you their aspirations; when they drop them they will drop you.
- Logan Pearsall Smith
What's more enchanting than the voices of young people, when you can't hear what they say?
- Logan Pearsall Smith
The mere process of growing old together will make our slightest acquaintances seem like bosom friends.
- Logan Pearsall Smith
What is more mortifying than to feel that you have missed the plum for want of courage to shake the tree?
- Logan Pearsall Smith
There is one thing that matters, to set a chime of words tinkling in the minds of a few fastidious people.
- Logan Pearsall Smith
Charming people live up to the very edge of their charm, and behave as outrageously as the world lets them.
- Logan Pearsall Smith
When they come downstairs from their Ivory Towers, idealists are very apt to walk straight into the gutter.
- Logan Pearsall Smith
I can't forgive my friends for dying; I don't find these vanishing acts of theirs at all amusing.
- Logan Pearsall Smith
Hearts that are delicate and kind and tongues that are neither - these make the finest company in the world.
- Logan Pearsall Smith
Every author, however modest, keeps a most outrageous vanity chained like a madman in the padded cell of his breast.
- Logan Pearsall Smith
A slight touch of friendly malice and amusement towards those we love keeps our affections for them from turning flat.
- Logan Pearsall Smith
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.
- Logan Pearsall Smith
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?
- Logan Pearsall Smith
We grow with years more fragile in body, but morally stouter, and can throw off the chill of a bad conscience almost at once.
- Logan Pearsall Smith
The denunciation of the young is a necessary part of the hygiene of older people, and greatly assists the circulation of the blood.
- Logan Pearsall Smith
All my life, as down an abyss without a bottom. I have been pouring van loads of information into that vacancy of oblivion I call my mind.
- Logan Pearsall Smith
The notion of making money by popular work, and then retiring to do good work, is the most familiar of all the devil's traps for artists.
- Logan Pearsall Smith
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.
- Logan Pearsall Smith
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 stay sober.
- Logan Pearsall Smith
People before the public live an imagined life in the thought of others, and flourish or feel faint as their self outside themselves grows bright or dwindles in that mirror.
- Logan Pearsall Smith