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Sometimes the best, and only effective, way to kill an idea is to put it into practice.
  —  Sydney J. Harris
[Actually, we’ve been trying / practicing “Trickle-Down Economics” for over 40 years and it has still not worked.  Does that mean it will be “killed” sometime soon?  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2013 A Fist Full Of Confusion
2012 Teaching Faith
2011 The Heart Of Terror
The Proportion Of Gravity And Probability

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The two words ‘information’ and ‘communication’ are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things.  Information is giving out; communication is getting through.
  —  Sydney J. Harris
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On This Day In:
2012 Egotist, n.
2011 Good And Bad

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Nobody can be so amusingly arrogant as a young man who has just discovered an old idea and thinks it is his own.
  —    Sydney J. Harris
[For those of you who are unaware – and I suspect most of you are – today marks the 4th anniversary of my blog!  Thanks for stopping by.  Come again soon, our best days are still ahead…  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2012 Happy 3rd Anniversary
2011 Is America Safe Tonight?
2009 Hello world! (See how it all began…)

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The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.
  —   Sydney J. Harris
[When the light is brighter on the inside than the outside, a window can serve as a mirror and a window.  See yourself while letting your light remove the darkness around you.  Then you need never fear the dark.  —   KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2012 Stumblin’ Along My Way
We’re Proud Of You, Jr!
Union Card
Two Philosophies
2011 Simply Unpredictable

 

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Parenthood remains the greatest single preserve of the amateur.
  ―  Alvin Toffler
From his book:  “Future Shock
My best advice to anyone who wants to raise a happy, mentally healthy child is: Keep him or her as far away from a church as you can.
  —  Frank Zappa
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.
  —  Sydney J. Harris
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The three hardest tasks in the world are neither physical feats nor intellectual achievements, but moral acts: to return love for hate, to include the excluded, and to say, “I was wrong”.
  —  Sydney J. Harris
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[Two thoughts on today’s Inaugural celebrations…]
This not a day of triumph; it is a day of dedication.  Here muster not the forces of party, but the forces of Humanity…  I summon all honest men, all patriotic, all forward-looking men to my side.  God helping me, I will not fail them, if they will but counsel and sustain me!
  —  Woodrow Wilson
From his 1st Inaugural Address
Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be.
  —  Sydney J. Harris
[To the former:  I stand at your side, Mr. President.  To the latter: ask me again in Nov. 2014 and then again about a year after that…  Until then, God Bless you, Mr. President and God Bless the United States of America!  —  KMAB]
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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.
  —  Sydney J. Harris
[My life is full of small steps.  One day at a time…  —  KMAB]
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Superior people are only those who let it be discovered by others; the need to make it evident forfeits the very virtue they aspire to.
  —  Sydney J. Harris
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Escape Hatches

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.
  —  Sydney J. Harris
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The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers.
  —  Sydney J. Harris
The newest computer can merely compound, at speed, the oldest problem in the relations between human beings, and in the end the communicator will be confronted with the old problem, of what to say and how to say it.
  —  Edward R. Murrow
[Computers…  Can’t live with them; can’t live without them.  —  KMAB]
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Have We Met?

Ninety per cent of the world’s woe comes from people not knowing themselves, their abilities, their frailties, and even their real virtues.  Most of us go almost all the way through life as complete strangers to ourselves – so how can we know anyone else?
  —  Sydney J. Harris
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When I hear somebody sigh, ‘Life is hard,’ I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?
  —  Sydney J. Harris
[I usually try to avoid being crude, but sometimes I can’t help myself…  —  KMAB]
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The primary purpose of a liberal education is to make one’s mind a pleasant place in which to spend one’s leisure.
  —  Sydney J. Harris
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Men may be divided almost any way we please, but I have found the most useful distinction to be made between those who devote their lives to conjugating the verb “to be”, and those who spend their lives conjugating the verb “to have”.
  —  Sydney J. Harris
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