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Sidney J. Harris Quotes

(1917), American Journalist

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.''

Category: Adulthood

Middle Age is that perplexing time of life when we hear two voices calling us, one saying, ''Why not?'' and the other, ''Why bother?''

Category: Age And Aging

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

Category: Anger

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.

Category: Argument

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

Category: Computers

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

Category: Cynics And Cynicism

If the devil could be persuaded to write a bible, he would title it, ''You Only Live Once.''

Category: Devil

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.

Category: Disagreements

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

Category: Forgiveness

People who think they're generous to a fault usually think that's their only fault.

Category: Generosity

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.

Category: Ideals And Idealism

Sometimes the best, and only effective, way to kill an idea is to put it into practice.

Category: Ideas

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

Category: Life And Living

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.

Category: Perseverance

The greatest enemy of progress is not stagnation, but false progress.

Category: Progress