Sydney J. Harris

Journalist, Author

1917 – 1986


Who was Sydney J. Harris?

Sydney J. Harris was an American journalist for the Chicago Daily News and later the Chicago Sun-Times. His weekday column, “Strictly Personal,” was syndicated in many newspapers throughout the United States and Canada.

Famous Quotes:

  • Good teaching must be slow enough so that it is not confusing, and fast enough so that it is not boring.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • When I hear somebody sigh that Life is hard, I am always tempted to ask, Compared to what?
  • 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.
  • Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.
  • A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past; he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future.
  • If a small thing has the power to make you angry, does that not indicate something about your size?
  • The time to relax is when you don't have time for it.
  • 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.

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Sep 14, 1917
Also known as
  • Sydney J Harris
  • United States of America
  • University of Chicago
Dec 8, 1986

on July 23, 2013


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