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The primary purpose of a liberal education is to make
by Sydney J. Harris

The primary purpose of a liberal education is to make
one's mind a pleasant place in which to spend one's leisure.
- Sydney J. Harris

Men make counterfeit money; in many more cases,
money makes counterfeit men.
- Sydney J. Harris

The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.
- Sydney J. Harris

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

 

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

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

Sometimes the best, and only effective,
way to kill an idea is to put it into practice.
- Sydney J. Harris

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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

Ignorance per se is not nearly as dangerous as ignorance of ignorance.
- Sydney J. Harris

Our dilemma is that we hate change and love it at the same time;
what we really want is for things to remain the same but get better.
- Sydney J. Harris

Happiness is a direction, not a place.
- Sydney J. Harris

There's no point in burying a hatchet if you're going
to put up a marker on the site.
- Sydney J. Harris

The greatest enemy of progress is not stagnation,
but false progress.
- Sydney J. Harris

Knowledge fills a large brain; it merely inflates a small one.
- Sydney J. Harris

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

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

Almost no one is foolish enough to imagine that he
automatically deserves great success in any field of activity;
yet almost everyone believes that he automatically
deserves success in marriage.
- Sydney J. Harris

When we have 'second thoughts' about something,
our first thoughts don't seem like thoughts at all -
just feelings.
- Sydney J. Harris

People who think they're generous to a fault usually
think that's their only fault.
- Sydney J. Harris

Any philosophy that can be put in a nutshell belongs there.
- Sydney J. Harris

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

Intolerance is the most socially acceptable form of egotism,
for it permits us to assume superiority without personal boasting.
- Sydney J. Harris

Many a secret that cannot be pried out by curiosity
can be drawn out by indifference.
- Sydney J. Harris

Nobody can be so amusingly arrogant as a young man
who has just discovered an old idea and thinks it is his own.
- Sydney J. Harris

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

Somebody who never got over the embarrassing fact that
he was born in bed with a lady.
- Sydney J. Harris

The three hardest tasks in the world are neither physical
feats nor intellectual achievements,
but moral acts: to return love for hate,
to include the excluded, and to say,
"I was wrong".
- Sydney J. Harris

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

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.
- Sydney J. Harris

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

It's surprising how many persons go through life without
ever recognizing that their feelings toward other people
are largely determined by their feelings toward themselves,
and if you're not comfortable within yourself,
you can't be comfortable with others.
- Sydney J. Harris

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

Ninety per cent of the world's woe comes from people not knowing themselves,
their abilities, their frailties, and even their real virtues.
Most of us go almost all the way through life as complete strangers to ourselves -
so how can we know anyone else?
- Sydney J. Harris

The beauty of "spacing" children many years apart lies
in the fact that parents have time to learn the mistakes
that were made with the older ones -
which permits them to make exactly the opposite mistakes with the younger ones.
- Sydney J. Harris

What makes photography a strange invention is that
its primary raw materials are light and time.
- John Berger

A corporation's primary goal is to make money.
Government's primary role is to take a big chunk of
that money and give it to others.
- Larry Ellison

All these primary impulses,
not easily described in words,
are the springs of man's actions.
- Albert Einstein

The primary factor is proportions.
- Arne Jacobsen

Recognizing the need is the primary condition for design.
- Charles Eames

This will surprise some of your readers,
but my primary interest is not with computer security.
I am primarily interested in writing software that works as intended.
- Wietse Venema

After my stellar first grade academic achievements,
I continued to perform well in the city primary schools -
except for penmanship,
which was not my forte.
- Vernon L. Smith

You know, this is not about endorsements in the primary.
We have to get through a primary first.
- Katherine Harris

Civilized society is perpetually menaced with disintegration
through this primary hostility of men towards one another.
- Sigmund Freud

The material particle nature of primary cosmic radiation has been confirmed,
although the processes turned out to be extraordinarily
more complicated than we had assumed.
- Walther Bothe

Primary care must never be seen simply as a set of
organisational structures.
- John Hutton

Since the conception of our country,
America has held that parents,
not schools, teachers, and certainly not courts,
hold the primary responsibility of educating their children.
- John Doolittle

The United States is the most innovative country in the world.
But our leadership could slip away if we fail to properly fund primary,
secondary and higher education.
- Jeff Bingaman

In fact, street gangs are the primary distributor of
illegal drugs in the United States.
- Dave Reichert

It's the level that allows us each to live our own chosen lives.
But I notice not everyone agrees with the primary importance of that level,
and I try to account for how they don't.
- Robert Nozick

My primary lesson, however, was that I'm a solo writer,
happiest when I'm making all the executive decisions.
I've always been willing to rise or fall on my own merits.
- Sue Grafton

When a truth is necessary, the reason for it can be found by analysis,
that is, by resolving it into simpler ideas and truths
until the primary ones are reached.
- Gottfried Leibniz

I use a wide selection of colours.
It is impossible to produce work like mine using only
the primary colours as they only mix a certain range of colour.
- John Dyer

It is one of the primary motives of modern art that
it wants to abolish the distance which the viewer,
the consumer, the audience maintain vis-a-vis a work of art.
- Hans-Georg Gadamer

My mother's studies stopped with the third year of primary school,
my father with the first.
They taught me a deep sense of duty.
But nobody was involved in politics in my family.
- Emma Bonino

My first encounter with a Kelly was not on a musical scale.
It was from primary school.
Dave and I went to primary school together and we were like boy scouts.
- Wayne Wonder

If you're honest with yourself, you're going to find
out whether you truly love America,
or whether your primary allegiance is to the Republican party.
- Vincent Bugliosi

I support concrete and progressive immigration reform
based on three primary criteria:
family reunification,
economic contributions, and humanitarian concerns.
- Jeff Bingaman

The primary distinction of the artist is that he must
actively cultivate that state which most men,
necessarily, must avoid; the state of being alone.
- James Baldwin

There have been a lot of murders and suicides in my family;
it's like the primary cause of death.
I wonder if there's a certain energy that attracts that.
- Rose McGowan

John McCain was victimized in the South Carolina primary.
- Mark Shields

The primary factor in a successful attack is speed.
- Lord Mountbatten

Ignorance is the primary source of all misery and vice.
- Victor Cousin

I regard freedom of expression as the primary right
without which one can not have a proper functioning democracy.
- Lord Hailsham

The primary function of a theater is not to please itself,
or even to please its audience.
It is to serve talent.
- Robert Brustein

The Priestly Code preponderates over the rest of the legislation in force,
as well as in bulk; in all matters of primary importance
it is the normal and final authority.
- Julius Wellhausen

Money is not our primary aim.
Changing the behavior and the practice of the gun industry is.
- Marc Morial

The primary one being, like I said, I don't like rock 'n' roll piano.
- Warren Zevon

Novel writing should never be confused with journalism.
Unfortunately, in the case of Primary Colors,
a fair number of journalists confused.
- Joe Klein

I got a feeling I had loads when I was in primary school,
'cause I had red hair; you know, like Duracell.
- Richard D. James

One of my primary objects is to form the tools so the
tools themselves shall fashion the work and give to
every part its just proportion.
- Eli Whitney

That's a wonderful thing, because one of the primary
qualities of a good performance is honesty.
- Roberta Flack


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