Logan Pearsall Smith was born 18 October 1865, and died 2 March 1946
- People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.
- What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers.
- What things there are to write, if one could only write them! My mind is full of gleaming thought; gay moods and mysterious, moth-like meditations hover in my imagination, fanning their painted wings. But always the rarest, those streaked with azure and the deepest crimson, flutter away beyond my reach.
- The test of enjoyment is the remembrance which it leaves behind.
- Every author, however modest, keeps a most outrageous vanity chained like a madman in the padded cell of his breast.
- If you are losing your leisure, look out! You are losing your soul.
- Yes there is a meaning; at least for me, there is one thing that matters – to set a chime of words tinkling in the minds of a few fastidious people.
- Style is a magic wand, and turns everything to gold that it touches.
- The great art of writing is the art of making people real to themselves with words.
Logan Pearsall Smith was an American-born British essayist and critic who was known for his aphorisms and epigrams. He was a literary perfectionist and could take days refining his sentences. With Words and Idioms he became a recognised authority on the correct use of English.
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