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Quotations by author » Max Lerner
American Politician and Columnist, 1902-1992
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A politician wouldn't dream of being allowed to call a columnist the things a columnist is allowed to call a politician
Politicians
A President is best judged by the enemies he makes when he has really hit his stride.
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A world technology means either a world government or world suicide
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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.
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Either men will learn to live like brothers, or they will die like beasts.
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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.
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I am neither an optimist nor pessimist, but a possibilist.
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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.
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Somehow life doesn't always pay off to those who are most insistent.
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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
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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.
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The politics of surprise leads through the Gates of Astonishment into the Kingdom of Hope.
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The problem of freedom in America is that of maintaining a competition of ideas, and you do not achieve that by silencing one brand of idea
America and AmericansFreedom
The real sadness of fifty is not that you change so much but that you change so little.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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To deaden yourself against any hurt is to deaden yourself also against the hurt of others
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To reject the word is to reject the human search.
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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.
Clocks
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