Sydney Harris


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Sydney J. Harris (September 14, 1917 – December 8, 1986) was an American journalist for the Chicago Daily News and later the Chicago Sun-Times. His column, “Strictly Personal,” was syndicated in many newspapers throughout the United States and Canada.

Harris was born in London, but grew up in Chicago, where he spent the rest of his life. He attended high school with Saul Bellow, who was... more »

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  • ''The principal difference between love and hate is that love is a irradiation, and hate is a concentration. Love makes everything lovely; hate concentrates itself on the object of its hatred.''
    Sydney J. Harris (b. 1917), British-born U.S. journalist, reviewer. "Love and Its Loveless Counterfeits," Strictly Personal, Regnery (1953).
  • ''A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past; he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future.''
    Sydney J. Harris (b. 1917), U.S. journalist. On the Contrary, ch. 7 (1962).
  • ''People who think they're generous to a fault usually think that's their only fault.''
    Sydney J. Harris (b. 1917), U.S. journalist. On the Contrary, ch. 7 (1962).
  • 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 ...
    Sydney J. Harris (b. 1917), U.S. journalist. On the Contrary, ch. 7 (1962).
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