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Quotation by 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 (b. 1902), U.S. author, columnist. repr. in The Unfinished Country, pt. 4 (1959). "The Vigilantes and the Chain of Fear," New York Post (June 24, 1953).
Said of the McCarthy book burnings.
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