Logan Pearsall Smith

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

Logan Pearsall Smith (October 18, 1865-March 2, 1946) was an American essayist and critic.

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Afterthoughts (1931)

  • The denunciation of the young is a necessary part of the hygiene of older people, and greatly assists in the circulation of their blood.
    • Age and Death
  • Don't laugh at a youth for his affectations; he is only trying on one face after another to find his own.
    • Age and Death
  • I cannot forgive my friends for dying; I do not find these vanishing acts of theirs at all amusing.
    • Age and Death
  • What music is more enchanting than the voices of young people, when you can't hear what they say?
    • Age and Death
  • The test of a vocation is the love of the drudgery it involves.
    • Art and Letters
  • It is the wretchedness of being rich that you have to live with rich people.
    • In the World
  • 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 keep absolutely sober.
    • In the World
  • How many of our daydreams would darken into nightmares if there seemed any danger of their coming true!
    • Life and Human Nature
  • There are few sorrows, however poignant, in which a good income is of no avail.
    • Life and Human Nature
  • 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.
    • Life and Human Nature
  • The indefatigable pursuit of an unattainable perfection, even though it consist in nothing more than the pounding of an old piano, is what alone gives a meaning to our life on this unavailing star.
    • Life and Human Nature
  • People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.
    • Myself
  • 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?
    • Myself
  • All Reformers, however strict their social conscience, live in houses just as big as they can pay for.
    • Other People
  • Most people sell their souls, and live with a good conscience on the proceeds.
    • Other People
  • When they come downstairs from their Ivory Towers, Idealists are very apt to walk straight into the gutter.
    • Other People

All Trivia: Trivia, More Trivia, Afterthoughts, Last Words (1933)

  • Thank heavens, the sun has gone in, and I don't have to go out and enjoy it.
    • Last words (not actually Logan Smith's last words, but a section title)

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