Quotes by American Journalist Max Lerner

When you choose the lesser of two evils, always remember that it is still an evil. Max Lerner

In our rich consumers' civilization we spin cocoons around ourselves and get possessed by our possessions. Max Lerner

You may call for peace as loudly as you wish, but where there is no brotherhood there can in the end be no peace. Max Lerner

A President is best judged by the enemies he makes when he has really hit his stride. Max Lerner

Either men will learn to live like brothers, or they will die like beasts. Max Lerner

I am neither an optimist nor pessimist, but a possibilist. Max Lerner

The real sadness of fifty is not that you change so much but that you change so little. Max Lerner
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The tourist who moves about to see and hear and open himself to all the influences of the places which condense centuries of human greatness is only a man in search of excellence. Max Lerner

The crime of book purging is that it involves a rejection of the word. For the word is never absolute truth, but only man's frail and human effort to approach the truth. To reject the word is to reject the human search. Max Lerner

Despite the success cult, men are most deeply moved not by the reaching of the goal but by the grandness of the effort involved in getting there -- or failing to get there. Max Lerner

Next to the striking of fire and the discovery of the wheel, the greatest triumph of what we call civilization was the domestication of the human male. Max Lerner
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We cannot live by power, and a culture that seeks to live by it becomes brutal and sterile. But we can die without it. Max Lerner
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We all run on two clocks. One is the outside clock, which ticks away our decades and brings us ceaselessly to the dry season. The other is the inside clock, where you are your own timekeeper and determine your own chronology, your own internal weather and your own rate of living. Sometimes the inner clock runs itself out long before the outer one, and you see a dead man going through the motions of living. Max Lerner
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Having a thirteen-year-old in the family is like having a general-admission ticket to the movies, radio and TV. You get to understand that the glittering new arts of our civilization are directed to the teen-agers, and by their suffrage they stand or fall. Max Lerner
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The best thing about lying in bed late is that you learn to distinguish between first things and trivia, for whatever presses on you has to prove its importance before it makes you move. Max Lerner
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The so-called lessons of history are for the most part the rationalizations of the victors. History is written by the survivors. Max Lerner

To reject the word is to reject the human search. Max Lerner
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The politics of surprise leads through the Gates of Astonishment into the Kingdom of Hope. Max Lerner

When evil acts in the world it always manages to find instruments who believe that what they do is not evil but honorable. Max Lerner
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The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt. Max Lerner
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