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 :: 1865-1946, Anglo-American Essayist, Aphorist

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Most people sell their souls, and live with a good conscience on the proceeds.
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [Soul]

 

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The test of a vocation is the love of the drudgery it involves.
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [Vocation]

 

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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 - [Perfection]

 

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That we should practice what we preach is generally admitted; but anyone who preaches what he and his hearers practice must incur the gravest moral disapprobation.
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [Preachers and Preaching]

 

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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 - [Riches]

 

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What joy can the years bring half so sweet as the unhappiness they've taken away?
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [Joy]

 

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If you are losing your leisure, look out! You are losing your soul.
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [Leisure]

 

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If you want to be thought a liar, always tell the truth.
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [Lies and Lying]

 

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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 - [Life and Living]

 

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Those who talk on the razor-edge of double-meanings pluck the rarest blooms from the precipice on either side.
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [Meaning of Life]

 

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Thank Heaven, the sun has gone in, and I don't have to go out and enjoy it.
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [Night]

 

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He who goes against the fashion is himself its slave.
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [Fashion]

 

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I can't forgive my friends for dying; I don't find these vanishing acts of theirs at all amusing.
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [Friends and Friendship]

 

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The old know what they want; the young are sad and bewildered.
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [Generations]

 

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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.
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [Goals]

 

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Those who set out to serve both God and Mammon soon discover that there isn't a God.
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [God]

 

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How awful to reflect that what people say of us is true!
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [Gossip]

 

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Happiness is a wine of the rarest vintage, and seems insipid to a vulgar taste.
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [Happiness]

 

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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 - [Ideals and Idealism]

 

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We grow with years more fragile in body, but morally stutter, and can throw off the chill of a bad conscience almost at once.
~ Logan Pearsall Smith - [Conscience]

 

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