Top Ten Best Sydney J. Harris Quotes & Written Works

Sydney J. Harris was a syndicated essayist & drama critic.

The Top Ten

1 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.
2 The difference between faith and superstition is that the first uses reason to go as far as it can, and then makes the jump; the second shuns reason entirely — which is why superstition is not the ally, but the enemy, of true religion.
3 ..difference between patriotism&nationalism..patriot is proud of his country for what it does..nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does..1st attitude creates..feeling of responsibility..2nd a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
4 Patriotism is proud of a country’s virtues and eager to correct its deficiencies; it also acknowledges the legitimate patriotism of other countries, with their own specific virtues.
5 ..difference between love&hate..love is an irradiation,&hate..a concentration..hate concentrates..on..object of..hatred.All..fearful counterfeits of love—possessivenes,lust,vanity,jealousy-are closer to hate..concentrate on..object,guard it,suck it dry.
6 The pride of nationalism..trumpets its country’s virtues&denies its deficiencies,while it is contemptuous toward..virtues of other countries.It wants to be,& proclaims itself to be,"the greatest,"but greatness is not required of a country;only goodness
7 Agnosticism is a perfectly respectable & tenable philosophical position; it is not dogmatic & makes no pronouncements about the ultimate truths of the universe. It remains open to evidence & persuasion;lacking faith,it nevertheless does not deride faith.
8 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."
9 Atheism..is as unyielding and dogmatic about religious belief as true believers are about heathens. It tries to use reason to demolish a structure that is not built upon reason.
10 Freud's prescription for personal happiness as consisting of work and love must be taken with the proviso that the work has to be loved, and the love has to be worked at.
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