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Sydney J. Harris Quotes

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

"Knowledge fills a large brain; it merely inflates a small one."

"Ignorance per se is not nearly as dangerous as ignorance of ignorance."

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

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

"If a small thing has the power to make you angry, does that not indicate something about your size?"
Anger

"The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers."
Computers

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

"Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be."
Government

"Happiness is a direction, not a place."

"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."
Marriage

"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."

"We have not passed that subtle line between childhood and adulthood until... we have stopped saying "It got lost," and say "I lost it.""

"There's no point in burying a hatchet if you're going to put up a marker on the site."

"A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past, he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future."

"Nothing is as easy to make as a promise this winter to do something next summer; this is how commencement speakers are caught."

"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."

"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."

"Every morning I take out my bankbook, stare at it, shudder-and turn quickly to my typewriter."

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

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