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 feeling, guilt, order, and people

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 J. Harris (1917 - 1986)

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A Quote by Sydney J. Harris on happiness, immortality, people, and wisdom

People far prefer happiness to wisdom, but that is like wanting to be immortal without getting older.

Sydney J. Harris (1917 - 1986)

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A Quote by Sydney J. Harris on belief and cynicism

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 (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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