Sydney J. Harris

1917 - 1986

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 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 arrogance, discovery, ideas, and justice

Nobody can be so amusingly arrogant as a young man who has just discovered an old idea and thinks it is his own.

Sydney J. Harris (1917 - 1986)

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A Quote by Sydney J. Harris on ability, life, people, and world

Ninety per cent of the world's woe comes from people not knowing themselves, their abilities, their frailties, and even their real virtues. Most of us go almost all the way through life as complete strangers to ourselves-so how can we know anyone else?

Sydney J. Harris (1917 - 1986)

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A Quote by Sydney J. Harris on achievement, failure, and risk

All significant achievement comes from daring, from experiment, from the willingness to risk failure.

Sydney J. Harris (1917 - 1986)

Source: Newspaper clipping, Albert W. Daw Collection

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A Quote by Sydney J. Harris on anger and power

If a small thing has the power to make you angry, does that not indicate something about your size?

Sydney J. Harris (1917 - 1986)

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