Literary Birthday - 18 October - Logan Pearsall Smith

Logan Pearsall Smith was born 18 October 1865, and died 2 March 1946

Five Notable Logan Pearsall Smith Quotes

  1. People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.
  2. What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers.
  3. 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. 
  4. Every author, however modest, keeps a most outrageous vanity chained like a madman in the padded cell of his breast.
  5. 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.

Smith 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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