Max Lerner, fully Maxwell "Max" Alan Lerner, aka Mikhail Lerner

Max
Lerner, fully Maxwell "Max" Alan Lerner, aka Mikhail Lerner
1902
1992

Russsian-born American Teacher, Editor and Journalist

Author Quotes

To reject the word is to reject the human search.

A politician wouldn?t dream of being allowed to call a columnist the things a columnist is allowed to call a politician.

We must face what we fear; that is the case of the core of the restoration of health.

America is a passionate idea or it is nothing. America is a human brotherhood or it is chaos.

What is dangerous about tranquillizers is that whatever peace of mind they bring is packaged peace of mind. Where you buy a pill and buy peace with it, you get conditioned to cheap solutions instead of deep ones.

America shudders at anything alien, and when it wants to shut its mind against any man's ideas, it calls him a foreigner.

When choosing the lesser of two evils, always remember, it is still an evil.

American capitalism has been both overpraised and over-indicted. It is neither the Plumed Knight nor the monstrous Robber Baron.

When you are seventeen you aren't really serious.

Every man has two counties--his own and America.

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 teenagers, and by their suffrage they stand or fall.

I have a simple principle for the conduct of life - never to resist an adequate temptation.

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

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.

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.

The so-called lessons of history are for the most part the rationalizations of the victors. History is written by the survivors.

The Supreme Court has acted as the final barricade against the assaults of democratic majorities.

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.

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.

To create what it does, Hollywood has to draw young people, often of unstable temperament, from all over the world. It plunges them into exacting work, surrounds them with a sensuous life, and cuts them off from the normal sources of living.

What counted was not the facts but the fears.

Americans live in a twilight world between a sense of loss and a sense of resigned acceptance.

Somehow life doesn't always pay off to those who are most insistent.

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.

When evil acts in the world it always manages to find instruments who believe that what they do is not evil but honorable.

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First Name
Max
Last Name
Lerner, fully Maxwell "Max" Alan Lerner, aka Mikhail Lerner
Birth Date
1902
Death Date
1992
Bio

Russsian-born American Teacher, Editor and Journalist