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 :: 1865-1946, Anglo-American Essayist, Aphorist

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A best-seller is the golden touch of mediocre talent.
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [Books: Bestsellers]

 

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A slight touch of friendly malice and amusement towards those we love keeps our affections for them from turning flat.
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [Affection]

 

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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 - [Education]

 

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Charming people live up to the very edge of their charm, and behave as outrageously as the world lets them.
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [Charm]

 

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Don't laugh at youth for his affectations; he is only trying on one face after another to find his own.
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [Youth]

 

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Don't let young people tell you their aspirations; when they drop them they will drop you.
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [Youth]

 

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Happiness is a wine of the rarest vintage, and seems insipid to a vulgar taste.
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [Happiness]

 

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He who goes against the fashion is himself its slave.
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [Fashion]

 

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How awful to reflect that what people say of us is true!
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [Gossip]

 

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How it infuriates a bigot, when he is forced to drag out his dark convictions!
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [Bigotry]

 

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How many of our daydreams would darken into nightmares, were there a danger of their coming true!
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [Dreams]

 

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I can't forgive my friends for dying; I don't find these vanishing acts of theirs at all amusing.
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [Friends and Friendship]

 

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If you are losing your leisure, look out! You are losing your soul.
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [Leisure]

 

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If you want to be thought a liar, always tell the truth.
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [Lies and Lying]

 

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Most people sell their souls, and live with a good conscience on the proceeds.
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [Soul]

 

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Only among people who think no evil can Evil monstrously flourish.
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [Evil]

 

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People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [Books and Reading]

 

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Thank Heaven, the sun has gone in, and I don't have to go out and enjoy it.
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [Night]

 

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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.
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [Preachers and Preaching]

 

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The denunciation of the young is a necessary part of the hygiene of older people, and greatly assists the circulation of their blood.
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [Youth]

 

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