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Logan Pearsall Smith Quotes

An American essayist and critic.
(1865 - 1946)

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A best-seller is the gilded tomb of a mediocre talent.

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 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.

An improper mind is a perpetual feast.

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

Don't laugh at a youth for his affectations; he's only trying on one face after another till he finds his own.

Don't let young people tell you their aspirations; when they drop them they will drop you.

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.
[Writers And Writing]

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

He who goes against the fashion is himself its slave.

Hearts that are delicate and kind and tongues that are neither - these make the finest company in the world.

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

How it infuriates a bigot, when he is forced to drag out his dark convictions!

I cannot forgive my friends for dying: I do not find these vanishing acts of theirs at all amusing.

I hate Spiders - I dislike all kinds of Insects. Their cold intelligence, their empty, stereotyped, unremitted industry repel me. And I am not altogether happy about the future of the Human Race; when I think of the slow refrigeration of the Earth, the Sun's waning, and the ultimate, inevitable collapse of the Solar System, I have grave misgivings.

If you are losing your leisure, look out; you may be 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.
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