Max Lerner Quotes

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The Russians train; they do not dare educate.

Russia

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

possibility

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

president

The taste of democracy becomes a bitter taste when the fullness of democracy is denied.

democracy

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

possessions

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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confidence

Do not confuse your vested interests with ethics. Do not identify the enemies of your privilege with the enemies of humanity.
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self-interest

The so-called lessons of history are for the most part the rationalization of the victors. History is written by the survivors.
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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 effort involved in getting there—or failing to get there.

goals

God is what man finds that is divine in himself.  God is the best way man can behave in the ordinary occasions of life, and the farthest point to which man can stretch himself.

God

We must rid ourselves of the view that only logical ideas can be political weapons.  Ideas in politics are much like poetry; they need no inner logical structure to be effective.

politics ideas

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

inner peace

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.

age