Sydney J. Harris

1917 - 1986

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 admiration, independence, and judgment

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

Sydney J. Harris (1917 - 1986)

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A Quote by Sydney J. Harris on communication, giving, information, and words

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 (1917 - 1986)

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A Quote by Sydney J. Harris on people and play

Making out an invitation list for a party brings out the worst in everyone. It is then that our most ruthless estimates of the people we know come into play.

Sydney J. Harris (1917 - 1986)

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A Quote by Sydney J. Harris on good, judgment, and wisdom

A famously wise old man in a village was once asked how he came by his wisdom. "I got it from my good judgment," he answered. And where did his good judgment come from? "I got it from my bad judgment."

Sydney J. Harris (1917 - 1986)

Source: Albert W. Daw Collection

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A Quote by Sydney J. Harris

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

Sydney J. Harris (1917 - 1986)

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A Quote by Sydney J. Harris on children, good, judgment, knowledge, learning, mistakes, parenthood, and teachers

Parents - and teachers too - are woefully short-sighted when they try to protect the child from his mistakes, when they make the "right answer" more important than the quest for knowledge and good judgment. For what is not learned within one's self cannot be learned from another.

Sydney J. Harris (1917 - 1986)

Source: Albert W. Daw Collection

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A Quote by Sydney J. Harris on computers, danger, and men

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 (1917 - 1986)

Source: H. Eves Return to Mathematical Circles, Boston: Prindle, Weber and Schmidt, 1988.

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A Quote by Sydney J. Harris on beginning, contentment, feeling, maturity, and necessity

Maturity begins when we're content to feel we're right about something without feeling the necessity to prove someone else wrong.

Sydney J. Harris (1917 - 1986)

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