Max Lerner Quotes

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

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.

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

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.

There is no crime in the cynical American calendar more humiliating than to be a sucker.

I don’t want to be told that I must love a woman or a man because of their color, any more than I want to be told that I must hate them because of their color. I love and hate only a few, and their color may have as little or as much to do […]

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.