The test of enjoyment is the remembrance which it leaves behind.

— Logan Pearsall Smith

The most delightful Logan Pearsall Smith quotes that will add value to your life

When they come downstairs from their Ivory Towers, idealists are very apt to walk straight into the gutter.

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Don't tell friends their social faults; they will cure the fault and never forgive you.

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People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.

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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.

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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.

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Eat with the rich, but go to the play with the poor, who are capable of joy.

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

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

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Style is a magic wand, and turns everything to gold that it touches.

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The mere process of growing old together will make the slightest acquaintance seem a bosom friend.

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

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I can't forgive my friends for dying; I don't find these vanishing acts of theirs at all amusing.

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About Logan Pearsall Smith

Quotes 112 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Critic
Birthday October 16

What is more mortifying than to feel that you have missed the plum for want of courage to shake the tree?

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When elderly invalids meet with fellow-victims of their own ailments, then at last real conversation begins, and life is delicious.

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

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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.

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How awful to reflect that what people say of us is true!

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Those who talk on the razor-edge of double-meanings pluck the rarest blooms from the precipice on either side.

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Whiskey has killed more men than bullets, but most men would rather be full of whiskey than bullets.

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An echo of music, a face in the street, the wafer of the new moon, a wanton thought - only in the iridescence of things the vagabond soul is happy.

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Most people sell their souls, and live with a good conscience on the proceeds.

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If you are losing your leisure, look out! You are losing your soul.

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If you want to be thought a liar, always tell the truth.

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It is the wretchedness of being rich that you have to live with rich people.

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A slight touch of friendly malice and amusement towards those we love keeps our affections for them from turning flat.

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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.

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

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But why wasn't I born, alas, in an age of Adjectives;

why can one no longer write of silver-shedding Tears and moon-tailed Peacocks, of eloquent Death, of the Negro and star-enameled Night?

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It is through the cracks in our brains that ecstasy creeps in.

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

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There is more felicity on the far side of baldness than young men can possibly imagine.

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We need two kinds of acquaintances, one to complain to, while to the others we boast.

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The mere process of growing old together will make our slightest acquaintances seem like bosom friends.

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Many of our daydreams would darken into nightmares, were there a danger of their coming true!

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A best-seller is the golden touch of mediocre talent.

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

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So, I never lose a sense of the whimsical and perilous charm of daily life, with its meetings and words and accidents.

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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?

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How many of our daydreams would darken into nightmares, were there a danger of their coming true!

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If they lost the incredible conviction that they can change their wives or husbands, marriage would collapse at once.

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The vitality of a new movement in Art must be gauged by the fury it arouses.

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I might give my life for my friend, but he had better not ask me to do up a parcel.

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

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

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It's an odd thing about this universe that, though we all disagree with each other, we are all of us always in the right.

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There are people who, like houses, are beautiful in dilapidation.

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Every author, however modest, keeps a most outrageous vanity chained like a madman in the padded cell of his breast.

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How often my soul visits the National Gallery, and how seldom

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