Sydney Harris Quotes

30 Sydney Harris quotes:

"Many a secret that cannot be pried out by curiosity can be drawn out by indifference."
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"Men make counterfeit money; in many more cases, money makes counterfeit men."
"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."
"The three hardest tasks in the world are neither physical feats nor intellectual achievements, but moral acts: to return love for hate, to include the excluded, and to say, "I was wrong"."
"Patriotism is proud of a country's virtues and eager to correct its deficiencies; it also acknowledges the legitimate patriotism of other countries, with their own specific virtues. The pride of nationalism, however, trumpets its country's virtues and denies its deficiencies, while it is contemptuous toward the virtues of other countries. It wants to be, and proclaims itself to be, "the greatest," but greatness is not required of a country; only goodness is."
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"Our dilemma is that we hate change and love it at the same time; what we really want is for things to remain the same but get better."
"Enemies, as well as lovers, come to resemble each other over a period of time."
"If a small thing has the power to make you angry, does that not indicate something about your size?"
"The time to relax is when you don't have time for it."
"Somebody who never got over the embarrassing fact that he was born in bed with a lady."
"Ignorance per se is not nearly as dangerous as ignorance of ignorance."
"The primary purpose of a liberal education is to make one's mind a pleasant place in which to spend one's leisure."
"The two words Ôinformation' and Ôcommunication' are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through."
"Middle Age is that perplexing time of life when we hear two voices calling us, one saying, "Why not?" and the other, "Why bother?"
"Knowledge fills a large brain; it merely inflates a small one."
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"Nothing is as easy to make as a promise this winter to do something next summer; this is how commencement speakers are caught."
"Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be."
"There's no point in burying a hatchet if you're going to put up a marker on the site."
"Almost no one is foolish enough to imagine that he automatically deserves great success in any field of activity; yet almost everyone believes that he automatically deserves success in marriage."
"When we have 'second thoughts' about something, our first thoughts don't seem like thoughts at all - just feelings."

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