Quotes by Sydney J. Harris

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
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
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.
– Sydney J. Harris
People who think they're generous to a fault usually think that's their only fault.
– Sydney J. Harris
Perseverance is the most overrated of traits, if it is unaccompanied by talent; beating your head against a wall is more likely to produce a concussion in the head than a hole in the wall.
– Sydney J. Harris
Somebody who never got over the embarrassing fact that he was born in bed with a lady.
– Sydney J. Harris
Sometimes the best, and only effective, way to kill an idea is to put it into practice.
– 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
The greatest enemy of progress is not stagnation, but false progress.
– 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.
– Sydney J. Harris
The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers.
– Sydney J. Harris
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.
– Sydney J. Harris
The time to relax is when you don't have time for it.
– Sydney J. Harris
The two words 'information' and 'communication' are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through.
– Sydney J. Harris
The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.
– Sydney J. Harris
There's no point in burying a hatchet if you're going to put up a marker on the site.
– Sydney J. Harris
We have not passed that subtle line between childhood and adulthood until... we have stopped saying It got lost, and say I lost it.
– Sydney J. Harris
When I hear somebody sigh, 'Life is hard,' I am always tempted to ask, 'Compared to what?'
– Sydney J. Harris
When we have 'second thoughts' about something, our first thoughts don't seem like thoughts at all - just feelings.
– Sydney J. Harris
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.
– Sydney J. Harris