40 Total Quotes

Max Lerner Quotes

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
#Time And Time Management

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
#American Journalist #Courage

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

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
#American Journalist #Brotherhood

To reject the word is to reject the human search.
Max Lerner
#American Journalist #Human

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

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

When you are seventeen you aren't really serious.
Max Lerner
#Adolescence #Teenager

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

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
Max Lerner
#America

The real sadness of fifty is not that you change so much but that you change so little.
Max Lerner
#American Journalist

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
#American Journalist #Men

To deaden yourself against any hurt is to deaden yourself also against the hurt of others
Max Lerner
#Hurt

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

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
#American Journalist

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
#American Journalist #Culture

A world technology means either a world government or world suicide
Max Lerner
#Government

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
#Bed

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
#American Journalist #Evil

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
#American Journalist