Sydney J. Harris

1917 - 1986

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

There's no point in burying the hatchet if you're going to put up a marker on the site.

Sydney J. Harris (1917 - 1986)

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A Quote by Sydney J. Harris on belief, change, christianity, judaism, men, practicality, religion, and spirituality

Christianity is not a "spiritual" religion, like some religions of the east. It is an intensely "practical" religion, having its moral roots in the practicality of judaism. It was not designed to change the way men think or believe as much as to change the way they act.

Sydney J. Harris (1917 - 1986)

Source: Newspaper clipping, 1966, Albert W. Daw Collection

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A Quote by Sydney J. Harris on regret and time

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 J. Harris (1917 - 1986)

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A Quote by Sydney J. Harris on adulthood and losing

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 stop saying "It got lost," and say "I lost it."

Sydney J. Harris (1917 - 1986)

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