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
The most provocative Max Lerner quotes that will inspire your inner self
When you choose the lesser of two evils, always remember that it is still an evil.
America is a passionate idea or it is nothing. America is a human brotherhood or it is chaos.
Either men will learn to live like brothers, or they will die like beasts.
A politician wouldn't dream of being allowed to call a columnist the things a columnist is allowed to call a politician
A President is best judged by the enemies he makes when he has really hit his stride.
I am neither an optimist nor pessimist, but a possibilist.
You may call for peace as loudly as you wish, but where there is no brotherhood there can in the end be no peace.
There are some who become spies for money, or out of vanity and megalomania, or out of ambition, or out of a desire for thrills. But the malady of our time is of those who become spies out of idealism.
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.
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.
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.
In our rich consumers' civilization we spin cocoons around ourselves and get possessed by our possessions.
Principles-and I have in mind such principles as states' rights or national sovereignty or the free market or pacifism-have a way of drying up while the sap of life goes flowing in another direction.
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.
The politics of surprise leads through the Gates of Astonishment into the Kingdom of Hope.
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.
Of the many things we have done to democracy in the past, the worst has been the indignity of taking it for granted.
There is no crime in the cynical American calendar more humiliating than to be a sucker.
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.
We cannot live by power, and a culture that seeks to live by it becomes brutal and sterile. But we can die without it.
We must face what we fear; that is the case of the core of the restoration of health.
In the end, as any successful teacher will tell you, you can only teach the things that you are. If we practice racism then it is racism we teach.
The real sadness of fifty is not that you change so much but that you change so little.
To reject the word is to reject the human search.
The way to prevent war is to bend every energy toward preventing it, not to proceed by the dubious indirection of preparing for it.
The fact is that life has become a sweepstake.
Millions of people who have lost the sense of being able to make anything of the collective effort of shaping their economic society, now expect fortune to descend like pie from the sky.
A people's speech is the skin of its culture.
God is what man finds that is divine in himself.
It is the best way man can behave in the ordinary occasions of life, and the farthest point to which man can stretch himself.
The Seven Deadly Sins of the Press: - Concentrated Power of the Big Press.
- Passing of competition and the coming of monopoly. - Governmental control of the press. - Timidity, especially in the face of group and corporate pressures. - Big Business mentality. - Clannishness among the newspaper publishers that has prevented them from criticizing each other. - Social blindness.
A world technology means either a world government or world suicide.
It is not the armed forces which can protect our democracy.
It is the moral strength of democracy which alone can give any meaning to the efforts at military security.
The taste of democracy becomes a bitter taste when the fullness of democracy is denied.
There is a hate layer of opinion and emotion in America.
There will be other McCarthys to come who will be hailed as its heroes.
It is almost as easy to be enervated by triumph as by defeat.
In our culture we make heroes of the men who sit on top of a heap of money, and we pay attention not only to what they say in their field of competence, but to their wisdom on every other question in the world.
Power politics existed before Machiavelli was ever heard of;
it will exist long after his name is only a faint memory. What he did, like Harvey, was to recognize its existence and subject it to scientific study.
When evil acts in the world it always manages to find instruments who believe that what they do is not evil but honorable.
Do not confuse your vested interests with ethics.
Do not identify the enemies of your privilege with the enemies of humanity.
Every step by which men add to their knowledge and skills is a step also by which they can control other men.
If you mean by capitalism the God-given right of a few big corporations to make all the decisions that will affect millions of workers and consumers and to exclude everyone else from discussing and examining those decisions, then the unions are threatening capitalism.
Every mob, in its ignorance and blindness and bewilderment, is a League of Frightened Men that seeks reassurance in collective action.
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.
In societies like the American and West European where the dynamics of energy come from freedom and where the climate and the whole ethos are those of freedom, censorship is bound to be at worst, stupid; at best, futile; and always, to some degree, inconsonant with the character of the society as a whole.
Man's will creates the things that paralyze his brain and brutalize his heart.
Somehow life doesn't always pay off to those who are most insistent.
What is dangerous about tranquillizers is that whatever peace of mind they bring is a packaged peace of mind. Where you buy a pill and buy peace of mind with it, you get conditioned to cheap solutions instead of deep ones.
When choosing the lesser of two evils, always remember, it is still an evil.
Some of the more fatuous flag-waving Americans are in danger of forgetting that you can't extract gratitude as you would extract a tooth; that unless friendship is freely given, it means nothing and less than nothing.
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.