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LOGAN PEARSALL SMITH
American essayist, editor and anthologist
(1865 - 1946)

A best seller is the gilded tomb of a mediocre talent.
      - [Books]

All reformers, however strict their social conscience, live in houses just as big as they can pay for.
      - [Reform]

An improper mind is a perpetual feast.
      - [Mind]

Don't laugh at a youth for his affectations; he's only trying on one face after another till he finds his own.
      - [Affectation]

Every author, however modest, keeps a most outrageous vanity chained like a madman in the padded cell of his breast.
      - [Authors]

How awful to reflect that what people say of us is true.
      - [Truth]

Most people sell their souls and live with a good conscience on the proceeds.
      - [Soul]

Only those who get into scrapes with their eyes open can find the safe way out.
      - [Trouble]

Our names are labels, plainly printed on the bottled essence of our past behavior.
      - [Reputation]

Solvency is entirely a matter of temperament and not of income.
      - [Money]

Style is a magic wand, and turns everything to gold that it touches.
      - [Style]

The denunciation of the young is a necessary part of the hygiene of older people, and greatly assists the circulation of their blood.
      - [Youth]

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.
      - [Perfection]

There is more felicity on the far side of baldness than young men can possibly imagine.
      - [Felicity]

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 keep absolutely sober.
      - [Wealth]

We need new friends; some of us are cannibals who have eaten their old friends up; others must have ever renewed audiences before to reenact an ideal version of their lives.
      - [Friends]

What is more enchanting than the voices of young people when you can't hear what they say.
      - [Children]

You cannot be both fashionable and first-rate.
      - [Fashion]


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