I shouldn't mind . . . living to my hundredth year, like Fontenelle, who never wept nor laughed, never lost his temper; to whom all the science of his day was known, but who all his life adored three things--music, painting and women--about which he said he understood absolutely nothing.
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Source Notes: "Myself," Afterthoughts (1931) and All Trivia: Trivia, More Trivia, Afterthoughts, Last Words (1945).
Logan Pearsall Smith (October 18, 1865-March 2, 1946) was an American essayist and critic who settled in London. He was known for his aphorisms and epigrams. His autobiography Unforgotten Years (1938) is probably now his best known work.
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