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Sydney J. Harris Quotes and Sayings

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

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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.
- 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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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 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

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph
is for enough good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke

When It's Darkest, Men See the Stars.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

Great men or men of great gifts
you shall easily find,
but symmetrical men never.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right.
Men will believe what they see.
- Henry David Thoreau

The heresy of one age becomes the orthodoxy of the next.
Mere tolerance has given place to a sentiment of brotherhood
between sincere men of all denominations.
- Helen Keller

Truth is the property of no individual
but is the treasure of all men.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wise men put their trust in ideas
and not in circumstances
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do not pray for easy lives.
Pray to be stronger men.
- John F. Kennedy

The only good luck many great men ever had was
being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.
- Channing Pollock

How could man rejoice in victory
and delight in the slaughter of men?
- Lao Tzu

Behind an able man there are always other able men.
- Chinese proverb

In the long run, men hit only what they aim at.
Therefore, they had better aim at something high.
- Henry David Thoreau

Women must try to do things as men have tried.
When they fail their failure must be
but a challenge to others.
- Amelia Earhart

Who never walks save where he sees
men's tracks, makes no discoveries.
- J. G. Holland

To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.
- Abraham Lincoln

There are times, sir, when men of good conscience
cannot blindly follow orders.
- Captain Picard, STAR TREK: The Next Generation

The reason why men do not obey us,
is because they see the mud at the bottom of our eye.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The problems of the world cannot possibly
be solved by skeptics or cynics
whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities.
We need men who can dream of things that never were.
- John F. Kennedy

Man becomes great exactly in the degree
in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Men are disturbed not by things,
but by the view which they take of them.
- Epictetus

Many men go fishing all of their lives
without knowing that it is not fish they are after.
- Henry David Thoreau

Men of lofty genius,
when they are doing the least work,
are most active.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Habits age men before their time.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Men are not prisoners of fate,
but only prisoners of their own minds.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Achievement seems to be connected with action.
Successful men and women keep moving.
They make mistakes, but they don't quit.
- Conrad Hilton

The majority of men meet with failure
because of their lack of persistence
in creating new plans to take
the place of those which fail.
- Napoleon Hill

More men fail through lack of purpose than lack of talent.
- Billy Sunday

Trust men and they will be true to you;
treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

When men are easy in their circumstances,
they are naturally enemies to innovations.
- Joseph Addison

Most men lead lives of quiet desperation
and go to the grave with the song still in them.
- Henry David Thoreau

Men in general judge more from
appearances than from reality. All
men have eyes, but few have
the gift of penetration.
- Niccolo Machiavelli

There is a good ear, in some men,
that draws supplies to virtue
out of very indifferent nutriment.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I do not believe in a fate that
falls on men however they act;
but I do believe in a fate
that falls on them unless they act.
- The Buddha

Men are born to succeed, not to fail.
- Henry David Thoreau


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