An essayist and critic.
Quotes[ edit ] The emergence of a new term to describe a certain phenomenon, of a new adjective to designate a certain quality, is always of interest, both linguistically and from the point of view of the history of human thought.
That history would be a much simpler matter and language, too, a much more precise instrument if new thoughts on their appearance, and new facts at their discovery, could at once be analysed and explained and named with scientific precision.
But even in science this seldom happens; we find rather that a whole complex group of facts, like those for instance of gas or electricity, are at first somewhat vaguely noticed, and are given, more or less by chance, a name like that of gas, which is an Logan pearsall smith formation, or that of electricity, which is derived from the attractive power of electrum or amber when rubbed — the first electric phenomenon to be noticed.
The truth is that the phenomena of artistic production are still so obscure, so baffling, we are still so far from an accurate scientific and psychological knowledge of their genesis or meaning, that we are forced to accept them as empirical facts; and empirical and non-explanatory names are the names that suit them best.
The complete explanation of any fact is the very last step in human thought; and it is reached, as I have said, if indeed it is ever reached, by the preliminary processes of recognition, designation, and definition.
It is with these preliminary processes that our aesthetic criticism is still occupied. Age and Death Don't laugh at a youth for his affectations; he is only trying on one face after another to find his own. Age and Death I cannot forgive my friends for dying; I do not find these vanishing acts of theirs at all amusing.
Age and Death What music is more enchanting than the voices of young people, when you can't hear what they say? Age and Death The test of a vocation is the love of the drudgery it involves. The notion of making money by popular work, and then retiring to do good work on the proceeds, is the most familiar of all the devil's traps for artists.
It is the wretchedness of being rich that you have to live with rich people. 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. How many of our daydreams would darken into nightmares if there seemed any danger of their coming true!
Life and Human Nature. There are few sorrows, however poignant, in which a good income is of no avail. There are two things to aim at in life: Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.
The indefatigable pursuit of an unattainable perfection, even though it consist in nothing more than the pounding of an old piano, is what alone gives a meaning to our life on this unavailing star.
People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading. Myself 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?
Myself All Reformers, however strict their social conscience, live in houses just as big as they can pay for. Most people sell their souls, and live with a good conscience on the proceeds.
When they come downstairs from their Ivory Towers, Idealists are very apt to walk straight into the gutter. Trivia, More Trivia, Afterthoughts, Last Words [ edit ] Thank heavens, the sun has gone in, and I don't have to go out and enjoy it.
Reperusals and Recollections [ edit ] There are readers—and I am one of them—whose reading is rather like a series of intoxications. We fall in love with a book; it is our book, we feel, for life; we shall not need another.
We cram-throat our friends with it in the cruellest fashion; make it a Gospel, which we preach in a spirit of propaganda and indignation, putting a woe on the world for a neglect of which last week we were equally guilty. I am not at all sorry that I have never been cured of this form of youthful susceptibility; one may after all become the victim of more inadvisable forms of folly.
My infatuations have at least one advantage; they may lead to satiety, but they do not often end in disillusion.
My experiences of love at first sight, being followed by love at second or third or fourth sight, I enjoy the bliss of both the constant and the inconstant lover. When, therefore, we find that what delighted us once can still delight us: Psychologists tell us that fullness of life is the goal of everything that lives, that the impulse towards completeness, towards ripeness and self-realization, is the most compelling of all motives.
These discoveries in old books of new beauties and aspects of interest may persuade us, therefore, that we are not only still ourselves, but more ourselves than ever: Perhaps here again he was ahead of his own time, ahead of our time also, since none of us would have the courage to imitate him. It may be that some future century will vindicate this unseemly performance; in the meanwhile it will be of interest to examine the reasons which he gives us for it.
As life grows shorter we should endeavour, he says, to make it deeper and more full. But he found moral profit also in this self-study; for how, he asked, can we correct our vices if we do not know them, how cure the diseases of our soul if we never observe their symptoms?
The man who has not learned to know himself is not the master, but the slave of life:The notion of making money by popular work, and then retiring to do good work on the proceeds, is the most familiar of all the devil's traps for artists.
Art and Letters. It is the wretchedness of being rich that you have to live with rich people. In the World. To suppose, as we all suppose, that we. Smith's friend, Virginia Woolf, published Stories from the Old Testament Retold by Logan Pearsall Smith at the Hogarth Press in May And Henry W.
Luce published the same book in Boston in March Logan Pearsall Smith's biography and life vetconnexx.com Pearsall Smith (18 October – 2 March ) was an American-born essayist and vetconnexx.com was born in Millville, New Jersey.
He was the son of the. Smith, Logan Pearsall, Title: Logan Pearsall Smith Collection: Dates: , undated: Abstract: Includes manuscripts and a few letters written by the American-born essayist and critic.
He was known for his aphorisms and epigrams, some of which are included in the collection. Biographical Note: Logan Pearsall Smith was born on October 18, , in Millville, N.J., and died on March 2, He was the son of Robert Pearsall and Hannah Whitall Smith.
He attended Haverford College, Harvard and Balliol College in Oxford, England. -Logan Pearsall Smith () US-English essayist, editor, anthologist If they lost the incredible conviction that they can change their wives or husbands, marriage would collapse at once.
The indefatigable pursuit of an unattainable perfection, even though it consists in nothing more than in the pounding of an old piano, is what alone.