Quotes – Logan Pearsall Smith

Logan Pearsall Smith

Logan Pearsall Smith (18 October 1865 – 2 March 1946) was an American-born essayist and critic who became a British subject in 1913. Harvard and Oxford educated, he was known for his aphorisms and epigrams, and was an expert on 17th-century divines. His Words and Idioms made him an authority on correct English language usage. He wrote his autobiography, Unforgotten Years, for which he may be best remembered.

“The test of a vocation is the love of the drudgery it involves.” Logan Pearsall Smith

“It takes a great man to give sound advice tactfully, but a greater to accept it graciously.” Logan Pearsall Smith

“Hearts that are delicate and kind and tongues that are neither – these make the finest company in the world.” Logan Pearsall Smith

“If you are losing your leisure, look out; you may be losing your soul.” Logan Pearsall Smith

“People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.” Logan Pearsall Smith

“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 has achieved the second.” Logan Pearsall Smith

“All reformers, however strict their social conscience, live in houses just as big as they can pay for.” Logan Pearsall Smith

“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