Sydney J. Harris Quotes

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

Sydney J. Harris

The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.

Sydney J. Harris

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

Sydney J. Harris

Maturity begins when we're content to feel we're right about something, without feeling the necessity to prove someone else is wrong.

Sydney J. Harris

Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be

Sydney J. Harris

The time to relax is when you don't have time for it.

Sydney J. Harris

Many a secret that cannot be pried out by curiosity can be drawn out by indifference.

Sydney J. Harris

We can often endure an extra pound of pain far more easily than we can suffer the withdrawal of an ounce of accustomed pleasure.

Sydney J. Harris

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

The most important thing in an argument, next to being right, is to leave an escape hatch for your opponent, so that he can gracefully swing over to your side without too much apparent loss of face

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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?

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Happiness is a direction, not a place.

Sydney J. Harris

Nothing is as easy to make as a promise this winter to do something next summer; this is how commencement speakers are caught.

Sydney J. Harris

Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be.

Sydney J. Harris

The beauty of 'spacing' children many years apart lies in the fact that parents have time to learn the mistakes that were made with the older ones-which permits them to make exactly the opposite mistakes with the younger ones.

Sydney J. Harris

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
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