Logan Pearsall Smith was an American essayist and critic, and a notable writer on historical semantics.
Smith was born in Millville, New Jersey and settled in London. He was known for his aphorisms and epigrams, but is now probably most remembered for his autobiography Unforgotten Years .
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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
“Most people sell their souls and live with a good conscience on the proceeds”
“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.”
“Style is a magic wand, and turns everything to gold that it touches”
“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?”
“A best seller is the gilded tomb of a mediocre talent”
“The indefatigable pursuit of an unattainable perfection, even though it consists in nothing more than the pounding of an old piano, is what alone gives meaning to our life on this unavailing star”
“If you are losing your leisure, look out, you may be losing your soul”
“Our names are labels, plainly printed on the bottled essence of our past behavior”
“Eat with the Rich, but go to the play with the Poor, who are capable of Joy”
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