Sydney J. Harris

1917 - 1986

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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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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