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Logan Pearsall Smith Quotes

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"Then I though of reading - the nice and subtle happiness of reading, this joy not dulled by age, this polite and unpunishable vice, this selfish, serene, lifelong intoxication."

"This nice and subtle happiness of reading, this joy not chilled by age, this polite and unpunished vice, this selfish, serene life-long intoxication."

"The lusts and greeds of the body scandalize the Soul; but it has to come to heel."

"The denunciation of the young is a necessary part of the hygiene of older people, and greatly assists the circulation of the blood."
Age

"What humbugs we are, who pretend to live for Beauty, and never see the Dawn!"
Nature

"People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading."

"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."

"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."

"Those who set out to serve both God and Mammon soon discover that there is no God."

"If you are losing your leisure, look out; you may be losing your soul."

"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?"
Success

"Don't laugh at a youth for his affectations; he is only trying on one face after another to find a face of his own."

"It is the wretchedness of being rich that you have to live with rich people."

"Only a generation of readers will span a generation of writers."

"The newest books are those that never grow old."

"It takes a great man to give sound advice tactfully, but a greater to accept it graciously."

"It is through the cracks in our brains that ecstasy creeps in."

"The test of a vocation is the love of the drudgery it involves."

"Charming people live up to the very edge of their charm, and behave as outrageously as the world lets them."

"People before the public live an imagined life in the thought of others, and flourish or feel faint as their self outside themselves grows bright or dwindles in that mirror."

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