Logan Pearsall Smith

(1865-1946 / Millville, New Jersey)

Logan Pearsall Smith Quotes

  • ''A best-seller is the gilded tomb of a mediocre talent.''
    Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946), U.S. essayist, aphorist. Afterthoughts, "Art and Letters," (1931). Cyril Connolly wrote, "A best-seller is the golden touch of mediocre talent." (Journal and Memoir, ch. 11, ed. David Pryce-Jones (1983)).
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  • ''How awful to reflect that what people say of us is true!''
    Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946), U.S. essayist, aphorist. Afterthoughts, "Life and Human Nature," (1931).
  • ''People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.''
    Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946), U.S. essayist, aphorist. Afterthoughts, "Myself," (1931).
  • ''What's more enchanting than the voices of young people, when you can't hear what they say?''
    Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946), U.S. essayist, aphorist. "Age and Death," Afterthoughts (1931).
  • ''If we shake hands with icy fingers, it is because we've burnt them so hatefully before.''
    Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946), U.S. essayist, aphorist. "Age and Death," Afterthoughts (1931).
  • ''We grow with years more fragile in body, but morally stouter, and can throw off the chill of a bad conscience almost at once.''
    Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946), U.S. essayist, aphorist. "Age and Death," Afterthoughts (1931).
  • ''I can't forgive my friends for dying; I don't find these vanishing acts of theirs at all amusing.''
    Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946), U.S. essayist, aphorist. "Age and Death," Afterthoughts (1931).
  • ''There are people who, like houses, are beautiful in dilapidation.''
    Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946), U.S. essayist, aphorist. "Age and Death," Afterthoughts (1931).
  • ''There is more felicity on the far side of baldness than young men can possibly imagine.''
    Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946), U.S. essayist, aphorist. All Trivia, "Last Words," (1933).
  • ''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 (1865-1946), U.S. essayist, aphorist. All Trivia, "Last Words," (1933).

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