Sydney J. Harris Quotes

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  • Every rule in the book can be broken, except one - be who you are, and become all you were meant to be.

    Sydney J. Harris (1964). “Leaving the Surface”
  • Happiness held is the seed; happiness shared is the flower. A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery while on a detour. Happiness is a direction, not a place.

  • What is much harder to handle is the sense that you have to live up to the mark someone else has set for you. The grades become too important, the competition too frantic, the fear of disappointing those who believe in you turns into an overwhelming nightmare.

    "On the Contrary".
  • Good teaching must be slow enough so that it is not confusing, and fast enough so that it is not boring.

  • American parents, on the whole, do not want their sons to be artisans or craftsmen, but business or professional people. As a result, millions of youngsters are being prepared for careers they have little aptitude for - and little interest in except for dubious prestige.

    Sydney J. Harris (1964). “ON THE CONTRARY”
  • 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?

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

    Sydney J. Harris (1964). “ON THE CONTRARY”
  • Christianity is not a "spiritual" religion, like some religions of the east. It is an intensely "practical" religion, having its moral roots in the practicality of judaism. It was not designed to change the way men think or believe as much as to change the way they act.

    Believe   Men  
    Sydney J. Harris (1976). “Best of Sydney J. Harris”
  • The public examination of homosexuality in our contemporary life is still so coated with distasteful moral connotations that even a reviewer is bound to wonder uneasily why he was selected to evaluate a book on the subject, and to assert defensively at the outset that he is happily married, the father of four children and the one-time adornment of his college boxing, track and tennis teams.

    "Saturday Review" Magazine, April 22, 1961.
  • A loser says that's the way it's always been done. A winner says there ought to be a better way.

    Sydney J. Harris (1964). “Leaving the Surface”
  • "Terrorism" is what we call the violence of the weak, and we condemn it; "war" is what we call the violence of the strong, and we glorify it.

    Sydney J. Harris (1986). “Clearing the ground”, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • 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.

  • God cannot be solemn, or he would not have blessed man with the incalculable gift of laughter.

  • It may be true that the weak will always be driven to the wall; but it is the task of a just society to see that the wall is climbable.

  • Making out an invitation list for a party brings out the worst in everyone. It is then that our most ruthless estimates of the people we know come into play.

    Sydney J. Harris (1953). “Strictly personal”
  • The art of living consists in knowing which impulses to obey and which must be made to obey.

    Sydney J. Harris (1972). “For the Time Being”
  • We truly possess only what we are able to renounce; otherwise, we are simply possessed by our possessions.

    Sydney J. Harris (1976). “Best of Sydney J. Harris”
  • Western civilization has not yet learned the lesson that the energy we expend in 'getting things done' is less important than the moral strength it takes to decide what is worth doing and what is right to do.

    Sydney J. Harris (1976). “Best of Sydney J. Harris”
  • All our efforts to attain immortality-by statesmanship, by conquest, by science or the arts-are equally vain in the long run, because the long run is longer than any of us can imagine.

    Sydney J. Harris (1986). “Clearing the ground”, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • If you want to know what a man's character is really like... ask him to tell you the living person he most admires - for hero worship is the truest index of a man's private nature.

    Sydney J. Harris (1976). “Best of Sydney J. Harris”
  • As we grow older, we should learn that these are two quite different things. Character is something you forge for yourself; temperament is something you are born with and can only slightly modify. Some people have easy temperaments and weak characters; others have difficult temperaments and strong characters. We are all prone to confuse the two in assessing people we associate with. Those with easy temperaments and weak characters are more likable than admirable; those with difficult temperaments and strong characters are more admirable than likable.

    Sydney J. Harris (1986). “Clearing the ground”, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • The pessimist sees only the tunnel; the optimist sees the light at the end of the tunnel; the realist sees the tunnel and the light - and the next tunnel.

    Sydney J. Harris (1982). “Pieces of Eight”, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Elitism is the slur directed at merit by mediocrity.

    Sydney J. Harris (1985). “Pieces of Eight Pa”, Mariner Books
  • Many persons of high intelligence have notoriously poor judgement.

  • By the time a man asks you for advice, he has generally made up his mind what he wants to do, and is looking for confirmation rather than counseling.

  • Time is love, above all else. It is the most precious commodity in the world and should be lavished on those we care most about.

  • Almost every man looks more so in a belted trench coat.

    Sydney J. Harris (1953). “Strictly personal”
  • The lusts of the flesh can be gratified anywhere; it is not this sort of license that distinguishes New York. It is rather, a lust of the total ego for recognition, even for eminence. More than elsewhere, everybody here wants to be somebody.

  • Being yourself is not remaining what you were, or being satisfied with what you are. It is the point of departure and far from the goal.

    "Clearing the ground".
  • Never let your fears be the boundaries of your dreams. Happiness is a direction, not a place.

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