Sydney J. Harris Quotes

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

The main discomfort in being a middle-of-the-roader is that you get sideswiped by partisans going in both directions.

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

No one should pay attention to a man delivering a lecture or a sermon on his “philosophy of life” until we know exactly how he treats his wife, his children, his neighbors, his friends, his subordinates and his enemies.

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.

We have not passed that subtle line between childhood and adulthood until we move from the passive voice to the active voice; that is, until we have stopped saying ‘It got lost,’ and say, ‘I lost it.’

The art of living consists in knowing which impulses to obey and which must be made to obey.

Never take the advice of someone who has not had your kind of trouble.

People far prefer happiness to wisdom, but that is like wanting to be immortal without getting older.

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