Sydney Harris Quotes

Most popular Sydney Harris Quotes

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 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 Harris

habit

The time to relax is when you don't have time for it. - Sydney Harris quote.
The time to relax is when you don't have time for it.
— Sydney Harris

vacation

"Elitism" is the slur directed at merit by mediocrity. - Sydney Harris quote.
"Elitism" is the slur directed at merit by mediocrity.
— Sydney Harris Pieces of Eight

mediocrity merit

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

Brain

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

for teachers education

Never take the advice of someone who has not had your kind of trouble. - Sydney Harris quote.
Never take the advice of someone who has not had your kind of trouble.
— Sydney Harris Strictly Personal

advice

The best things you can give children, next to good habits, are good memories. - Sydney Harris quote.
The best things you can give children, next to good habits, are good memories.
— Sydney Harris

parenting advisory

More trouble is caused in the world by indiscreet answers than by indiscreet questions. - Sydney Harris quote.
More trouble is caused in the world by indiscreet answers than by indiscreet questions.
— Sydney Harris Chicago Daily News

asking questions

Sometimes the best, and only effective, way to kill an idea is to put it into practice. - Sydney Harris quote.
Sometimes the best, and only effective, way to kill an idea is to put it into practice.
— Sydney Harris For the Time Being

ideas

When I hear somebody sigh, 'Life is hard,' I am always tempted to ask, 'Compared to what? - Sydney Harris quote.
When I hear somebody sigh, 'Life is hard,' I am always tempted to ask, 'Compared to what?
— Sydney Harris

life

The unforgiving man assumes a judgment that not even the theologians has [sic] given to God. - Sydney Harris quote.
The unforgiving man assumes a judgment that not even the theologians has [sic] given to God.
— Sydney Harris

judging

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

wisdom

Every morning I take out my bankbook, stare at it, shudder — and turn quickly to my typewriter. - Sydney Harris quote.
Every morning I take out my bankbook, stare at it, shudder — and turn quickly to my typewriter.
— Sydney Harris

journalism

If a small thing has the power to make you angry, does that not indicate something about your size? - Sydney Harris quote.
If a small thing has the power to make you angry, does that not indicate something about your size?
— Sydney Harris Reader’s Digest Quotable Quotes

anger

People far prefer happiness to wisdom, but that is like wanting to be immortal without getting older. - Sydney Harris quote.
People far prefer happiness to wisdom, but that is like wanting to be immortal without getting older.
— Sydney Harris

happiness wisdom

Sincerity that thinks it is the sole possessor of the truth is a deadlier sin than hypocrisy, which knows better. - Sydney Harris quote.
Sincerity that thinks it is the sole possessor of the truth is a deadlier sin than hypocrisy, which knows better.
— Sydney Harris Clearing the Ground

sincerity truth hypocrisy

Being yourself is not remaining what you were, or being satisfied with what you are. It is the point of departure. - Sydney Harris quote.
Being yourself is not remaining what you were, or being satisfied with what you are. It is the point of departure.
— Sydney Harris

self-improvement be yourself

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

computers technology

The main discomfort in being a middle-of-the-roader is that you get sideswiped by partisans going in both directions. - Sydney Harris quote.
The main discomfort in being a middle-of-the-roader is that you get sideswiped by partisans going in both directions.
— Sydney Harris

principles moderation indecision

Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable. - Sydney Harris quote.
Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.
— Sydney Harris Strictly Personal

inaction

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

democracy

A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past, he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future. - Sydney Harris quote.
A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past, he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future.
— Sydney Harris On the Contrary

cynics

The marriages we regard as the happiest are those in which each of the partners believes that he or she got the best of it. - Sydney Harris quote.
The marriages we regard as the happiest are those in which each of the partners believes that he or she got the best of it.
— Sydney Harris

marriage

Nothing is as easy to make as a promise this winter to do something next summer; this is how commencement speakers are caught. - Sydney 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 Harris

graduation

Intolerance is the most socially acceptable form of egotism, for it permits us to assume superiority without personal boasting. - Sydney Harris quote.
Intolerance is the most socially acceptable form of egotism, for it permits us to assume superiority without personal boasting.
— Sydney Harris Quote Unquote
Maturity begins when we're content to feel we're right about something without feeling the necessity to prove someone else wrong. - Sydney Harris quote.
Maturity begins when we're content to feel we're right about something without feeling the necessity to prove someone else wrong.
— Sydney Harris Reader’s Digest Quotable Quotes

maturity

Those obsessed with health are not healthy; the first requisite of good health is a certain calculated carelessness about oneself. - Sydney Harris quote.
Those obsessed with health are not healthy; the first requisite of good health is a certain calculated carelessness about oneself.
— Sydney Harris Detroit Free Press

health

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 Harris quote.
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 Harris

change

Self-discipline without talent can often achieve astounding results, whereas talent without self-discipline inevitably dooms itself to failure. - Sydney Harris quote.
Self-discipline without talent can often achieve astounding results, whereas talent without self-discipline inevitably dooms itself to failure.
— Sydney Harris Pieces of Eight

self-control

Maturity includes discovering that even an opinion contrary to ours may contain a vein of truth we could profitably assimilate to our own views. - Sydney Harris quote.
Maturity includes discovering that even an opinion contrary to ours may contain a vein of truth we could profitably assimilate to our own views.
— Sydney Harris Pieces of Eight

maturity

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 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 Harris

human nature guilt

The commonest fallacy among women is that simply having children makes one a mother—which is as absurd as believing that having a piano makes one a musician. - Sydney Harris quote.
The commonest fallacy among women is that simply having children makes one a mother—which is as absurd as believing that having a piano makes one a musician.
— Sydney Harris Majority of One

mother

The severest test of character is not so much the ability to keep a secret as it is, when the secret is finally out, to refrain from disclosing that you knew it all along. - Sydney Harris quote.
The severest test of character is not so much the ability to keep a secret as it is, when the secret is finally out, to refrain from disclosing that you knew it all along.
— Sydney Harris

human nature character secrets

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 Harris quote.
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 Harris

language communication

Many married couples separate because they quarrel incessantly, but just as many separate because they were never honest enough or courageous enough to quarrel when they should have. - Sydney Harris quote.
Many married couples separate because they quarrel incessantly, but just as many separate because they were never honest enough or courageous enough to quarrel when they should have.
— Sydney Harris

marriage quarrels

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 Harris quote.
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 Harris Pieces of Eight

morals apologies

Perseverance is the most overrated of traits, if it is unaccompanied by talent; beating your head against a wall is more likely to produce a concussion in the head than a hole in the wall. - Sydney Harris quote.
Perseverance is the most overrated of traits, if it is unaccompanied by talent; beating your head against a wall is more likely to produce a concussion in the head than a hole in the wall.
— Sydney 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 Harris quote.
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 Harris

idealist cynics

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 Harris quote.
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 Harris

marriage

It is the fear of being called a coward that makes most men courageous in a crisis; but real courage, which is rare, consists in doing what you know is right, regardless of what men may call you. - Sydney Harris quote.
It is the fear of being called a coward that makes most men courageous in a crisis; but real courage, which is rare, consists in doing what you know is right, regardless of what men may call you.
— Sydney Harris Strictly Personal

courage cowardice courage and cowardice

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. - Sydney Harris quote.
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.
— Sydney Harris Pieces of Eight

arguments

We have not passed that subtle line between childhood and adulthood until we move from the passive voice to the active voice—that is, until we have stopped saying "It got lost," and say, "I lost it." - Sydney Harris quote.
We have not passed that subtle line between childhood and adulthood until we move from the passive voice to the active voice—that is, until we have stopped saying "It got lost," and say, "I lost it."
— Sydney Harris On the Contrary

Adulthood responsibility growing up

Youth finds no value in the views it disagrees with, but maturity includes discovering that even an opinion contrary to ours may contain a vein of truth we could profitably assimilate to our own views. - Sydney Harris quote.
Youth finds no value in the views it disagrees with, but maturity includes discovering that even an opinion contrary to ours may contain a vein of truth we could profitably assimilate to our own views.
— Sydney Harris Pieces of Eight

youth & age

In every field of inquiry, it is true that all things should be made as simple as possible—but no simpler. (And for every problem that is muddled by over-complexity, a dozen are muddled by over-simplifying.) - Sydney Harris quote.
In every field of inquiry, it is true that all things should be made as simple as possible—but no simpler. (And for every problem that is muddled by over-complexity, a dozen are muddled by over-simplifying.)
— Sydney Harris Chicago Daily News
Take the two popular words today, "information" and "communication."  They are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things.  Information is giving out; communication is getting through. - Sydney Harris quote.
Take the two popular words today, "information" and "communication."  They are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things.  Information is giving out; communication is getting through.
— Sydney Harris For the Time Being

communication

Most people are mirrors, reflecting the moods and emotions of the times; few are windows, bringing light to bear on the dark corners, where troubles fester; and the whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows. - Sydney Harris quote.
Most people are mirrors, reflecting the moods and emotions of the times; few are windows, bringing light to bear on the dark corners, where troubles fester; and the whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.
— Sydney Harris Pieces of Eight

education

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 Harris quote.
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 Harris

funny parenting

Men may be divided almost any way we please, but I have found the most useful distinction to be made between those who devote their lives to conjugating the verb "to be," and those who spend their lives conjugating the verb "to have." - Sydney Harris quote.
Men may be divided almost any way we please, but I have found the most useful distinction to be made between those who devote their lives to conjugating the verb "to be," and those who spend their lives conjugating the verb "to have."
— Sydney Harris

contentment

Religions tend to be hostile and divisive among themselves, while the sciences are necessarily allies—indicating there may be more of a religious core of unity in scientific investigation of the truth than in the religious exhortation of piety. - Sydney Harris quote.
Religions tend to be hostile and divisive among themselves, while the sciences are necessarily allies—indicating there may be more of a religious core of unity in scientific investigation of the truth than in the religious exhortation of piety.
— Sydney Harris Pieces of Eight

religion science science & religion

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. - Sydney Harris quote.
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.
— Sydney Harris Pieces of Eight

agnostic

The most worthwhile form of education is the kind that puts the educator inside you, as it were, so that the appetite for learning persists long after the external pressure for grades and degrees has vanished. Otherwise you are not educated; you are merely trained. - Sydney Harris quote.
The most worthwhile form of education is the kind that puts the educator inside you, as it were, so that the appetite for learning persists long after the external pressure for grades and degrees has vanished. Otherwise you are not educated; you are merely trained.
— Sydney Harris Pieces of Eight

education

The creative imagination can grasp characters and conditions not directly experienced, because the creator has access to all parts of his personality. To use the fashionable word, he has empathy with characters unlike him, because he knows that deep down he shares some of their unlovely traits. - Sydney Harris quote.
The creative imagination can grasp characters and conditions not directly experienced, because the creator has access to all parts of his personality. To use the fashionable word, he has empathy with characters unlike him, because he knows that deep down he shares some of their unlovely traits.
— Sydney Harris Pieces of Eight

imagination creativity empathy