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Marginalia, no.342

[B]ut since I attained the state of Sanctification at the age of seven I have never felt the slightest twinge of conscience, never experienced for one second the sense of sin.

~ Logan Pearsall Smith, Unforgotten Years

This explains why Smith became a critic rather than a novelist. The novelist needs at least a vestigial sense of sin in order to be artistically successful. The critic is always glad to cast the first stone.

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