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

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The indefatigable pursuit of an unattainable perfection --even though nothing more than the pounding of an old piano --is what alone gives a meaning to our life on this unavailing star.
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [Perfection]

 

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The mere process of growing old together will make the slightest acquaintance seem a bosom friend.
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [Acquaintance]

 

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The old know what they want; the young are sad and bewildered.
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [Generations]

 

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The test of a vocation is the love of the drudgery it involves.
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [Vocation]

 

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The vitality of a new movement in Art must be gauged by the fury it arouses.
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [Arts and Artists]

 

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The wretchedness of being rich is that you live with rich people. 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 - [Riches]

 

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Then I though of reading -- the nice and subtle happiness of reading ... this joy not dulled by age, this polite and unpunishable vice, this selfish, serene, lifelong intoxication.
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [Books and Reading]

 

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There are people who, like houses, are beautiful in dilapidation.
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [Decay]

 

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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 - [Goals]

 

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There is more felicity on the far side of baldness than young men can possibly imagine.
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [Baldness]

 

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There is one thing that matters -- to set a chime of words tinkling in the minds of a few fastidious people.
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [Life and Living]

 

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Those who set out to serve both God and Mammon soon discover that there isn't a God.
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [God]

 

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Those who talk on the razor-edge of double-meanings pluck the rarest blooms from the precipice on either side.
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [Meaning of Life]

 

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We grow with years more fragile in body, but morally stutter, and can throw off the chill of a bad conscience almost at once.
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [Conscience]

 

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We need two kinds of acquaintances, one to complain to, while to the others we boast.
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [Acquaintance]

 

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What I like in a good author isn't what he says, but what he whispers.
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [Writers and Writing]

 

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What joy can the years bring half so sweet as the unhappiness they've taken away?
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [Joy]

 

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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?
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [Autobiography]

 

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What's more enchanting than the voices of young people, when you can't hear what they say?
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [Children]

 

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When they come downstairs from their Ivory Towers, idealists are very apt to walk straight into the gutter.
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [Ideals and Idealism]

 

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