Sydney J. Harris Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old sydney j. harris quotes, sydney j. harris sayings, and sydney j. harris proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


If a small thing has the power to make you angry, does that not indicate something about your size?     

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The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.     

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Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.     

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The two words 'information' and 'communication' are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through.     

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Maturity begins when you feel you are right about something without feeling the need to prove someone else wrong.     

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Hockey's the only place where a guy can go nowadays and watch two white guys fight.     

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The truest test of independent judgment is being able to dislike someone who admires us, and to admire someone who dislikes us.     

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The greatest enemy of progress is not stagnation, but false progress.     

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The best thing you can give children, next to good habits, are good memories.     

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Enemies, as well as lovers, come to resemble each other over a period of time.     

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When I hear somebody sigh, Life is hard,' I am always tempted to ask, Compared to what '     

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Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be.     

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The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.     

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A winner rebukes and forgives; a loser is too timid to rebuke and too petty to forgive.     

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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.     

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The time to relax is when you don't have time for it.     

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The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.     

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Terrorism is what we call the violence of the weak, and we condemn it; war is what we call the violence of the strong, and we glorify it.     

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The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers.     

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The time to relax is when you don't have time for it.     

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The most important tactic 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 an embarrassing loss of face.     

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The truest test of independent judgment is being able to dislike someone who admires us, and to admire someone who dislikes us.     

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Genealogy: A perverse preoccupation of those who seek to demonstrate that their forebears were better people than they are.     

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The time to relax is when you don't have time for it.     

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Take away grievances from some people and you remove their reasons for living; most of us are nourished by hope, but a considerable minority get psychic nutrition from their resentments, and would waste away purposelessly without them.     

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The art of living consists in knowing which impulses to obey and which must be made to obey.     

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The truest test of independent judgment is being able to dislike someone who admires us, and to admire someone who dislikes us.     

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An idealist believes the short run doesn't count. A cynic believes the long run doesn't matter. A realist believes that what is done or left undone in the short run determines the long run.     

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When I hear somebody sigh, 'Life is hard,' I am always tempted to ask, 'Compared to what?     

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Agnosticism is a perfectly respectable and tenable philosophical position; it is not dogmatic and makes no pronouncements about the ultimate truths of the universe. It remains open to evidence and persuasion; lacking faith, it nevertheless does not deride faith. Atheism, on the other hand, is as unyielding and dogmatic about religious belief as true believers are about heathens. It tries to use reason to demolish a structure that is not built upon reason.     

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