Logan Pearsall Smith

(1865-1946 / Millville, New Jersey)

Logan Pearsall Smith Quotes

  • ''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.''
    Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946), U.S. essayist, aphorist. "Art and Letters," Afterthoughts (1931).
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  • ''What I like in a good author isn't what he says, but what he whispers.''
    Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946), U.S. essayist, aphorist. "Art and Letters," Afterthoughts (1931).
  • ''He who goes against the fashion is himself its slave.''
    Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946), U.S. essayist, aphorist. "Art and Letters," Afterthoughts (1931).
  • ''The vitality of a new movement in Art must be gauged by the fury it arouses.''
    Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946), U.S. essayist, aphorist. "Art and Letters," Afterthoughts (1931).
  • ''The test of a vocation is the love of the drudgery it involves.''
    Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946), U.S. essayist, aphorist. "Art and Letters," Afterthoughts (1931).
  • ''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 (1865-1946), U.S. essayist, aphorist. "Art and Letters," Afterthoughts (1931).
  • ''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 (1865-1946), U.S. essayist, aphorist. "In the World," Afterthoughts (1931).
  • ''Those who talk on the razor-edge of double-meanings pluck the rarest blooms from the precipice on either side.''
    Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946), U.S. essayist, aphorist. "In the World," Afterthoughts (1931).
  • ''The old know what they want; the young are sad and bewildered.''
    Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946), U.S. essayist, aphorist. "Last Words," All Trivia (1933).
  • ''What joy can the years bring half so sweet as the unhappiness they've taken away?''
    Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946), U.S. essayist, aphorist. "Last Words," All Trivia (1933).

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