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Sydney J. Harris
September 14, 1917 - December 8, 1986
Nationality: American
Category: Journalist
Subcategory: American Journalist

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.


When you run into someone who is disagreeable to others, you may be sure he is uncomfortable with himself; the amount of pain we inflict upon others is directly proportional to the amount we feel within us.


Men make counterfeit money; in many more cases, money makes counterfeit men.


The two words 'information' and 'communication' are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through.


It's surprising how many persons go through life without ever recognizing that their feelings toward other people are largely determined by their feelings toward themselves, and if you're not comfortable within yourself, you can't be comfortable with others.


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


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


A winner rebukes and forgives; a loser is too timid to rebuke and too petty to forgive.


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.


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


People who think they're generous to a fault usually think that's their only fault.


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.


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


Happiness is a direction, not a place.


When we have 'second thoughts' about something, our first thoughts don't seem like thoughts at all - just feelings.


Sometimes the best, and only effective, way to kill an idea is to put it into practice.


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?


Any philosophy that can be put in a nutshell belongs there.


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


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


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