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18 Great Logan Pearsall Smith Quotes & Sayings

Famous As: Essayist
Born On: October 18, 1865
Died On: March 2, 1946
Born In: Millville, New Jersey, United States
Died At Age: 80
Logan Pearsall Smith was a famous British essayist and critic known to be a literary perfectionist. He was a studious boy and came from a wealthy family which helped him study at various renowned universities including Berlin and Oxford. He was inclined towards writing since an early age and went on to hire a bunch of companions to assist which included some great writers like Cyril Connolly. He was respected by his companions for his command in English and his obsession with the perfect usage of the language. He became recognized as a pioneer in English language usage after the publication of his book ‘Words and Idioms’. He wrote various other books including ‘A Treasury of English Prose’ and ‘Fine Writing’ but his most notable work was ‘Trivia’. He is believed to have inspired many renowned writers including John Russell, R. C. Trevelyan, and Hugh Trevor-Roper. We have collected his sayings and quotes from his writings and life observations. Here is a collection of quotes and thoughts by the most celebrated expert of English language. Read on the compilation of quotations and sayings by Logan Pearsall Smith.
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People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.

Logan Pearsall Smith

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

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 has achieved the second.

Logan Pearsall Smith

This nice and subtle happiness of reading, this joy not chilled by age, this polite and unpunished vice, this selfish, serene life-long intoxication.

Logan Pearsall Smith

How many of our daydreams would darken into nightmares if there seemed any danger of their coming true!

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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

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

Logan Pearsall Smith

Thank heavens, the sun has gone in and I don’t have to go out and enjoy it.

Logan Pearsall Smith

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

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What humbugs we are, who pretend to live for beauty, and never see the dawn!

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

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

Logan Pearsall Smith

All reformers, however strict their social conscience, live in houses just as big as they can pay for.

Logan Pearsall Smith

The indefatigable pursuit of an unattainable perfection, even though it consists in nothing more than in the pounding of an old piano, is what alone gives a meaning to our life on this unavailing star.

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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.

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

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

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Yes there is a meaning; at least for me, there is one thing that matters - to set a chime of words tinkling in the minds of a few fastidious people.

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