Max Lerner


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Maxwell "Max" Alan Lerner (December 20, 1902 – June 5, 1992) was an American journalist and educator known for his controversial syndicated column.

After immigrating from Russia with his parents in 1907, Lerner earned a B.A. from Yale University in 1923. He studied law there but transferred to Washington University in St. Louis for an M.A. in 1925.

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  • ''I am neither an optimist nor pessimist, but a possibilist.''
    Max Lerner (b. 1902), U.S. author, columnist. Entry in Who's Who in America (1992).
  • ''The real sadness of fifty is not that you change so much but that you change so little.''
    Max Lerner (b. 1902), U.S. author, columnist. repr. in The Unfinished Country, pt. 1 (1959). "Fifty," New York Post (December 18, 1952).
  • ''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 (b. 1902), U.S. author, columnist. repr. in The Unfinished Country, pt. 1 (1959). "Lo, the Poor Sightseer," New York Post (Sept. 15, 1954)....
  • ''There is a hate layer of opinion and emotion in America. There will be other McCarthys to come who will be hailed as its heroes.''
    Max Lerner (b. 1902), U.S. author, columnist. repr. in The Unfinished Country, pt. 4 (1959). "McCarthyism: The Smell of Decay," New York Post (April 5...
  • 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 t...
    Max Lerner (b. 1902), U.S. author, columnist. repr. in The Unfinished Country, pt. 1 (1959). "Teen-ager," New York Post (June 4, 1952).
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