Logan Pearsall Smith

(1865-1946 / Millville, New Jersey)

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  • ''When they come downstairs from their Ivory Towers, idealists are very apt to walk straight into the gutter.''
    Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946), U.S. essayist. "Other People," Afterthoughts (1931).
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  • ''Charming people live up to the very edge of their charm, and behave as outrageously as the world lets them.''
    Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946), U.S. essayist, aphorist. "Other People," Afterthoughts (1931).
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  • ''We need two kinds of acquaintances, one to complain to, while to the others we boast.''
    Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946), U.S. essayist, aphorist. "Other People," Afterthoughts (1931).
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  • ''Only among people who think no evil can Evil monstrously flourish.''
    Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946), U.S. essayist, aphorist. "Other People," Afterthoughts (1931).
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  • ''There is one thing that matters—to set a chime of words tinkling in the minds of a few fastidious people.''
    Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946), U.S. essayist, aphorist. Quoted by Cyril Connolly in obituary, New Statesman (London, March 9, 1946). In answer to the question—asked two weeks before his death—whether he had discovered any meaning in life.
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