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Max Lerner Quotes and Sayings

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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.
- Max Lerner

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

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

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

 

A world technology means either a world government or world suicide.
- Max Lerner

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

To reject the word is to reject the human search.
- Max Lerner

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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.
- Max Lerner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A politician wouldn't dream of being allowed to call
a columnist the things a columnist is allowed to call a politician.
- Max Lerner

The politics of surprise leads through the Gates of
Astonishment into the Kingdom of Hope.
- Max Lerner

To deaden yourself against any hurt is to deaden yourself
also against the hurt of others.
- Max Lerner

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

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

When you are seventeen you aren't really serious.
- Max Lerner

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

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. PHOTO

Yesterday is history,
tomorrow is a mystery.
Today is a gift.
That is why it is called Present.
- Anonymous

We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Some people care too much. I think it's called love.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

No one is to be called an enemy,
all are your benefactors, and no one does you harm.
You have no enemy except yourselves.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Whosoever is spared personal pain
must feel himself called
to help in diminishing the pain of others.
We must all carry our share of
the misery which lies upon the world.
- Albert Schweitzer

Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life
are not only not indispensable,
but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.
- Henry David Thoreau

An idea that is not dangerous is
unworthy of being called an idea at all.
- Oscar Wilde

What is called genius is the
abundance of life and health.
- Henry David Thoreau

A wise one said, "We are most like God when we forgive."
It is easy for us to blame, but hard for us to forgive.
Yet that is what we are called upon to do -
to forgive everyone for everything.
And the reward?
In this life, the reward for forgiveness
is your own happiness.
Unconditional universal forgiveness is
the key to your own happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The most called-upon prerequisite of a friend is an accessible ear.
- Maya Angelou

Everyone believes that their beliefs are the right ones -
that is why they are called beliefs.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We have to stop and be humble enough to understand
that there is something called mystery.
- Paulo Coelho

Where am I? Who am I? How did I come to be here?
What is this thing called the world?
How did I come into the world?
Why was I not consulted?
And If I am compelled to take part in it,
Where is the director? I want to see him.
- Soren Kierkegaard

When we lose one we love,
our bitterest tears are called forth
by the memory of hours when we loved not enough.
- Maurice Maeterlinck

To a philosopher all news,
as it is called, is gossip,
and they who edit and read it
are old women over their tea.
- Henry David Thoreau

Just one quality of the Buddha has to be remembered.
He consists only of one quality: witnessing.
This small word witnessing contains the whole of spirituality.
Witness that you are not the body.
Witness that you are not the mind.
Witness that you are only a witness.
As the witnessing deepens,
you start becoming drunk with the divine.
That is what is called ecstasy.
- Osho

I have called this principle,
by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved,
by the term of Natural Selection.
- Charles Darwin

Perhaps in time the so-called Dark Ages will be thought of as including our own.
- Georg C. Lichtenberg

I've been called many names like perfectionist,
difficult and obsessive.
I think it takes obsession, takes searching for the
details for any artist to be good.
- Barbra Streisand

It seems a long time since the morning mail could be called correspondence.
- Jacques Barzun

So long as we have enough people in this country willing
to fight for their rights,
we'll be called a democracy.
- Roger Nash Baldwin

I claim that human mind or human society
is not divided into watertight compartments
called social, political and religious.
All act and react upon one another.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I can do no other than be reverent
before everything that is called life.
I can do no other than to have compassion
for all that is called life.
That is the beginning and the foundation of all ethics.
- Albert Schweitzer

If we knew what it was we were doing,
it would not be called research, would it?
- Albert Einstein

Maybe there is no actual place called hell.
Maybe hell is just having to listen to our grandparents
breathe through their noses when they're eating sandwiches.
- Jim Carrey

Most people think that anger is an instinctive response,
and that some people were just born with the temperament
to get angrier faster than others.
That statement is only half right.
Anger is an instinctive response.
We respond to an affront with anger essentially instantaneously -
much too quickly for conscious thought to be called upon.
But the instinct of the anger response
can be trained through conscious repetition,
visualization, and coaching.
Visualization is seeing the event
we desire to master in our mind's eye.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When the body of the people is possessed of the supreme power,
it is called a democracy.
- Charles de Secondat

It's called a pen.
It's like a printer, hooked straight to my brain.
- Dale Dauten

That great dust-heap called 'history'.
- Augustine Birrell

Yeah I called her up. She gave me a bunch of ...
about me not listening to her, or something.
I don't know, I wasn't really paying attention.
- the movie Dumb & Dumber (1994)

If people destroy something replaceable made by mankind,
they are called vandals; if they destroy something
irreplaceable made by God,
they are called developers.
- Joseph Wood Krutch

Home computers are being called upon to perform many new functions,
including the consumption of homework formerly eaten by the dog.
- Doug Larson

My son is now an 'entrepreneur.' That's what you're
called when you don't have a job.
- Ted Turner

Gold medals aren't really made of gold.
They're made of sweat, determination,
and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.
- Dan Gable

When I'm saying hysteria, I'm referring to Freud,
because all the women were coming to him with symptoms and seeking help,
and he just called it hysteria.
- Cybill Shepherd

The new spirituality will bring about what I'm calling the 'end of better.'
And that is in fact what is called for in the next
of the series of books that I've been writing.
- Neale Donald Walsch

Stress is a designer ailment that many of the so-called
afflicted suffer from with pride.
- Janet Street-Porter

I am not going to answer to this so-called court,
out of respect for the truth and the will of the Iraqi people.
I've said what I've said, and I'm not guilty.
- Saddam Hussein

Poverty and the rule of race that is called apartheid
drive the Transkeian migrant from security on the land to work in the cities,
and then back again.
- Ruth First

When People magazine called me, I did the job on Ansel.
I'm older than Ansel and he has to mind me.
- Imogen Cunningham

Before the group left, Gary asked for my phone number,
and the next day he called to ask me to dinner that night.
I had no idea he was married, but I found out that night.
- Donna Rice

I did my first recording.
It was called The Champ.
- Jimmy Smith

Inspiration could be called inhaling the memory of
an act never experienced.
- Ned Rorem

Women love to be called cruel, even when they are kindest.
- Samuel Richardson

While gossip among women is universally ridiculed as low and trivial,
gossip among men, especially if it is about women,
is called theory, or idea, or fact.
- Andrea Dworkin

Nobody from my label called any of their labels to get this done.
Most of it happened very naturally.
Mary and I have been friends for a long time.
Then Jay-Z offered.
- Angie Martinez

I've been called many things, but never an intellectual.
- Tallulah Bankhead


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