Quotes by Sydney J. Harris


Happiness is a direction, not a place.
– Sydney J. Harris
A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past, he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future.
– Sydney J. Harris
A winner rebukes and forgives; a loser is too timid to rebuke and too petty to forgive.
– Sydney J. Harris
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.
– Sydney J. Harris
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
Any philosophy that can be put in a nutshell belongs there.
– 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
Enemies, as well as lovers, come to resemble each other over a period of time.
– Sydney J. Harris
Every morning I take out my bankbook, stare at it, shudder-and turn quickly to my typewriter.
– 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
If the devil could be persuaded to write a bible, he would title it, You Only Live Once.
– Sydney J. Harris
Ignorance per se is not nearly as dangerous as ignorance of ignorance.
– Sydney J. Harris
In shape, it is perfectly elliptical. In texture, it is smooth and lustrous. In color, it ranges from pale alabaster to warm terra cotta. And in taste, it outstrips all the lush pomegranates that Swinburne was so fond of sinking his lyrical teeth into.
– Sydney J. Harris
Intolerance is the most socially acceptable form of egotism, for it permits us to assume superiority without personal boasting.
– Sydney J. Harris
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.
– Sydney J. Harris
Knowledge fills a large brain; it merely inflates a small one.
– Sydney J. Harris
Many a secret that cannot be pried out by curiosity can be drawn out by indifference.
– Sydney J. Harris
Men make counterfeit money; in many more cases, money makes counterfeit men.
– Sydney J. Harris
Middle Age is that perplexing time of life when we hear two voices calling us, one saying, Why not? and the other, Why bother?
– Sydney J. Harris
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