Sydney J. Harris

1917 - 1986

A Quote by Sydney J. Harris on beginning and certainty

You may be certain that when a man begins to call himself a "realist," he is preparing to do something he is secretly ashamed of.

Sydney J. Harris (1917 - 1986)

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A Quote by Sydney J. Harris on feeling and justice

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

Sydney J. Harris (1917 - 1986)

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A Quote by Sydney J. Harris on pain

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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 (1917 - 1986)

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A Quote by Sydney J. Harris on discovery and skepticism

Skepticism is not an end in itself; it is a tool for the discovery of truths.

Sydney J. Harris (1917 - 1986)

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A Quote by Sydney J. Harris on justice, society, and weakness

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 (1917 - 1986)

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A Quote by Sydney J. Harris on relaxation and time

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

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A Quote by Sydney J. Harris on life and men

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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 J. Harris (1917 - 1986)

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A Quote by Sydney J. Harris on imagination and world

Those who imagine that the world is against them have generally conspired to make it true.

Sydney J. Harris (1917 - 1986)

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A Quote by Sydney J. Harris on perseverance and talent

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 J. Harris (1917 - 1986)

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A Quote by Sydney J. Harris on achievement, curiosity, god, laziness, energy, mankind, men, and rest

The generality of mankind is lazy. What distinguishes men of genuine achievement from the rest of us is not so much their intellectual powers and aptitudes as their curiosity, their energy, their fullest use of their potentialities. Nobody really knows how smart or talented he is until he finds the incentives to use himself to the fullest. God has given us more than we know what to do with.

Sydney J. Harris (1917 - 1986)

Source: Albert W. Daw Collection

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