Talk:Sydney J. Harris

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  • Habits of the mind are even stronger than those of the body.
  • Man's unique agony as a species consists in his perpetual conflict between the desire to stand out and the need to blend in.
  • Men make counterfeit money; in many more cases, money makes counterfeit men.
  • No theory, however absurd, is wholly wrong; and the task of a wise man is to make a synthesis of conflicting claims.
  • Our dilemma is that we hate change and love it at the same time; what we really want is for things to remain the same but get better.
  • Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.
  • The good person loves people and uses things, while the bad person loves things and uses people.
  • The primary purpose of a liberal education is to make one's mind a pleasant place in which to spend one's leisure.
  • The time to relax is when you don't have time for it.
  • The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers.
  • When I hear somebody sigh that Life is hard, I am always tempted to ask, Compared to what?
  • 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.