Sydney J. Harris

1917 - 1986

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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A Quote by Sydney J. Harris on bitterness, cynicism, future, and past

A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past; he is the one who is prematurely disappointed in the future.

Sydney J. Harris (1917 - 1986)

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A Quote by Sydney J. Harris on education, leisure, liberals, mind, and purpose

The primary purpose of a liberal education is to make one's mind a pleasant place in which to spend one's leisure.

Sydney J. Harris (1917 - 1986)

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A Quote by Sydney J. Harris on discipline, imagination, learning, life, mind, and world

A university is not, primarily, a place in which to learn how to make a living; it is a place in which to learn how to be more fully a human being, how to draw upon one's resources, how to discipline the mind and expand the imagination; how to make some sense out of the big world we will shortly be thrown into.

Sydney J. Harris (1917 - 1986)

Source: 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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A Quote by Sydney J. Harris on life and temptation

When I hear somebody sigh, "Life is hard," I am always tempted to ask, "Compared to what?"

Sydney J. Harris (1917 - 1986)

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A Quote by Sydney J. Harris on beginning, conscience, and evil

Once we assuage our conscience by calling something a "necessary evil," it begins to look more and more necessary and less and less evil.

Sydney J. Harris (1917 - 1986)

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