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Logan Pearsall Smith

Datum narození: 18. říjen 1865
Datum úmrtí: 2. březen 1946

Logan Pearsall Smith byl americký spisovatel.

„Když začnete ztrácet svůj volný čas, dávejte pozor! Ztrácíte vlastní duši.“

—  Logan Pearsall Smith

Zdroj: [Exley, Helen, Pro klid v duši 365 : Citáty na každý den, Zuzana Pavlová, Slovart, Praha, 2018, 368, 978-80-7529-518-7, 268]

„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.“

—  Logan Pearsall Smith

"Four Romantic Words" in Words and Idioms : Studies in the English Language (1925), § VI
Kontext: 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.

„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.“

—  Logan Pearsall Smith

"Four Romantic Words" http://www.solcon.nl/arendsmilde/cslewis/reflections/e-frw-text.htm in Words and Idioms : Studies in the English Language (1925), § I.
Kontext: 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 arbitrary 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 test of a vocation is the love of the drudgery it involves.“

—  Logan Pearsall Smith

Art and Letters.
Afterthoughts (1931)

„Thank heavens, the sun has gone in, and I don't have to go out and enjoy it.“

—  Logan Pearsall Smith

"Last words" — these are not actually Smith's last words, but a section title).
All Trivia: Trivia, More Trivia, Afterthoughts, Last Words (1933)

„Few things are more shocking to those who practice the arts of success than the frank description of those arts.“

—  Logan Pearsall Smith

“English Aphorists,” p. 123
Reperusals and Recollections (1936)

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