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Sydney J. Harris Quote: “You may be sure that when a man begins to call himself a realist he is preparing to do something that he is secretly ashamed of doing.”
Sydney J. Harris Quote: “The profound immoralities of our time are cruelty, indifference, injustice and the use of others as means rather than ends in themselves.”
Sydney J. Harris Quote: “Those who imagine that the world is against them have generally conspired to make it true.”
Sydney J. Harris Quote: “Many a secret that cannot be pried out by curiosity can be drawn out by indifference.”
Sydney J. Harris Quote: “People who think they’re generous to a fault usually think that’s their only fault.”
Sydney J. Harris Quote: “Much as a teacher may wince at the thought, he is also an entertainer – for unless he can hold his audience, he cannot really instruct or edify them.”
Sydney J. Harris Quote: “Being yourself is not remaining where you are, or being satisfied with what you are. It is the point of departure.”
Sydney J. Harris Quote: “Sometimes the best, and only effective, way to kill an idea is to put it into practice.”
Sydney J. Harris Quote: “As WArden Lawes once said of convicts, no man can be called a failure until he has tried something he really likes, and fails at it.”
Sydney J. Harris Quote: “The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers.”
Sydney J. Harris Quote: “We must become masters of our own actions and attitudes. To let another person determine whether we will be rude or gracious, elated or depressed is to give control of ourselves. The only true possession is self possession.”
Sydney J. Harris Quote: “The best thing you can give children, next to good habits, are good memories.”
Sydney J. Harris Quote: “Confidence, once lost or betrayed, can never be restored again to the same measure; and we learn too late in life that our acts of deception are irrevocable – they may be forgiven, but they cannot be forgotten by their victims.”
Sydney J. Harris Quote: “We have not passed that subtle line between childhood and adulthood until we have stopped saying ‘It got lost,’ and say, ‘I lost it.’”
Sydney J. Harris Quote: “Once we assuage our conscience by calling something a “necessary evil”, it begins to look more and more necessary and less and less evil.”
Sydney J. Harris Quote: “Man’s unique agony as a species consists in his perpetual conflict between the desire to stand out and the need to blend in.”
Sydney J. Harris Quote: “The most important thing in an argument, next to being right, is to leave an escape hatch for your opponent, so that he can gracefully swing over to your side without too much apparent loss of face.”
Sydney J. Harris Quote: “Nothing is as easy to make as a promise this winter to do something next summer; this is how commencement speakers are caught.”
Sydney J. Harris Quote: “We can often endure an extra pound of pain far more easily than we can suffer the withdrawal of an ounce of accustomed pleasure.”
Sydney J. Harris Quote: “Men make counterfeit money; in many more cases, money makes counterfeit men.”
Sydney J. Harris Quote: “Those obsessed with health are not healthy; the first requisite of good health is a certain calculated carelessness about oneself.”
Sydney J. Harris Quote: “A winner knows how much he still has to learn, even when he is considered an expert by others; a loser wants to be considered an expert by others before he has learned enough to know how little he knows.”
Sydney J. Harris Quote: “People who won’t help others in trouble “because they got into trouble through their own fault” would probably not throw a lifeline to a drowning person until they learned whether that person fell in through his or her own fault or not.”
Sydney J. Harris Quote: “Between the semi-educated, who offer simplistic answers to complex questions, and the overeducated, who offer complicated answers to simple questions, it is a wonder that any questions get satisfactorily answered at all.”
Sydney J. Harris Quote: “But what is significant is that if you don’t want to like and accept somebody, one excuse is as good as another. The objective facts don’t matter, and the reasons are never as ‘reasonable’ as we like to think they are.”
Sydney J. Harris Quote: “People decline invitations when they are “indisposed” physically, and I wish they would do likewise when they feel indisposed emotionally. A person has no more right to attend a party with a head full of venom than with a throat full of virus.”
Sydney J. Harris Quote: “When you run into someone who is disagreeable to others, you may be sure he is uncomfortable with himself; the amount of pain we inflict upon others is directly proportional to the amount we feel within us.”
Sydney J. Harris Quote: “No one should pay attention to a man delivering a lecture or a sermon on his “philosophy of life” until we know exactly how he treats his wife, his children, his neighbors, his friends, his subordinates and his enemies.”
Sydney J. Harris Quote: “Patriotism is wanting what is best for your country. Nationalism is thinking your country is best, no matter what it does.”
Sydney J. Harris Quote: “When we have “second thoughts” about something, our first thoughts don’t seem like thoughts at all – just feelings.”
Sydney J. Harris Quote: “Ignorance per se is not nearly as dangerous as ignorance of ignorance.”
Sydney J. Harris Quote: “Many persons of high intelligence have notoriously poor judgement.”
Sydney J. Harris Quote: “By the time a man asks you for advice, he has generally made up his mind what he wants to do, and is looking for confirmation rather than counseling.”
Sydney J. Harris Quote: “The principal difference between love and hate is that love is a irradiation, and hate is a concentration. Love makes everything lovely; hate concentrates itself on the object of its hatred.”
Sydney J. Harris Quote: “Almost every man looks more so in a belted trench coat.”
Sydney J. Harris Quote: “There’s no point in burying a hatchet if you’re going to put up a marker on the site.”
Sydney J. Harris Quote: “The truest test of independent judgment is being able to dislike someone who admires us, and to admire someone who dislikes us.”
Sydney J. Harris Quote: “The main discomfort in being a middle-of-the-roader is that you get sideswiped by partisans going in both directions.”
Sydney J. Harris Quote: “We evaluate others with a Godlike justice, but we want them to evaluate us with a Godlike compassion.”
Sydney J. Harris Quote: “The greatest educational dogma is also its greatest fallacy: the belief that what must be learned can necessarily be taught.”
Sydney J. Harris Quote: “Middle Age is that perplexing time of life when we hear two voices calling us, one saying, ‘Why not?’ and the other, ‘Why bother?’”
Sydney J. Harris Quote: “And most of the failures in parent-child relationships, from my observation, begin when the child begins to acquire a mind and a will of its own, to make independent decisions and to question the omnipotence or the wisdom of the parent.”
Sydney J. Harris Quote: “A truly successful person knows how to overcome the past, use the present, and prepare for the future-but unless we can first surmount the past, we cannot effectively cope with either the present or the future.”
Sydney J. Harris Quote: “Sincerity that thinks it is the sole possessor of the truth is a deadlier sin than hypocrisy, which knows better.”
Sydney J. Harris Quote: “It may be true that the weak will always be driven to the wall; but it is the task of a just society to see that the wall is climbable.”
Sydney J. Harris Quote: “As the horsepower in modern automobiles steadily rises, the congestion of traffic steadily lowers the average possible speed of your car. This is known as Progress.”
Sydney J. Harris Quote: “Many people feel “guilty” about things they shouldn’t feel guilty about, in order to shut out feelings of guilt about things they should feel guilty about.”
Sydney J. Harris Quote: “A ‘penchant for telling the truth’ can cripple a candidates chances faster than being caught in flagrante delicto with the governor’s wife.”
Sydney J. Harris Quote: “The founder of every creed from Jesus Christ to Karl Marx, would be appalled to return to earth and see what has been made of that creed, not by its enemies, but by its most devoted adherents.”
Sydney J. Harris Quote: “Why do most Americans look up to education and down upon educated people?”
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