Max Eastman

(Max Forrester Eastman)

Max Eastman
Max Eastman
  • Born: January 4, 1883
  • Died: March 25, 1969
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Writer, Political Activist









Max Forrester Eastman was an American writer on literature, philosophy and society, a poet and a prominent political activist. Moving to New York City for graduate school, Eastman became involved with radical circles in Greenwich Village. He supported socialism and became a leading patron of the Harlem Renaissance and an activist for a number of liberal and radical causes. For several years, he edited The Masses. With his sister Crystal Eastman, he co-founded in 1917 The Liberator, a radical magazine of politics and the arts.

Quotes About
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Henrik Ibsen Enemy of the People
Quote Topics Cited
Artists in Uniform Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Food is as important to armies as ammunition—but more important than either is an unfailing supply of lies. You simply cannot murder your enemy in the most efficient manner if you know he is in every essential the same kind of a man as yourself. War & Peace
If there is liberty, if there is democracy, in this country, it will stand or fall with the right of the minority to express to the full force of language its opposition in public to the policies of the government. And it will stand or fall with the courage of the minority so to express itself. Freedom & Liberty
More goods and fewer people" is the slogan I should like to see carried at the head of humanity's march into the future. Development & Growth
Some people like to reform everything they can get their hands on. Others want to fold away and worship whatever is presented to them by the caprice of history. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
The real guarantee of freedom is an equilibrium of social forces in conflict, not the triumph of any one force. Freedom & Liberty
The real guarantee of freedom is an equilibrium of social forces in conflict, not the triumph of any one force. Freedom & Liberty
The suppression of the Socialist press has actually been more rapid and efficient in this republic than it was in the German Empire after the declaration of war. And as for our celebrated Anglo-Saxon tradition of free speech—you can’t even collect your thoughts without getting arrested for unlawful assemblage! Media, Journalism & The Press
Those consecrating themselves to communism must not only cast out truth, mercy, justice, and personal honor, but undergo a sickening discipline in lies, cruelty, crime, and self-abasement. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Wisconsin is the fountain source of Progressivism. It is the scene of the chief political success of Socialism. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
A joke is not a thing but a process, a trick you play on the listener's mind. You start him off toward a plausible goal, and then by a sudden twist you land him nowhere at all or just where he didn't expect to go.
A liberal mind is a mind that is able to imagine itself believing anything.
A poet in history is divine, but a poet in the next room is a joke. History
A smile is the universal welcome.
Classic art was the art of necessity: modern romantic art bears the stamp of caprice and chance. Romantic ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails.
Emotion is the surest arbiter of a poetic choice, and it is the priest of all supreme unions in the mind.
Humor is the instinct for taking pain playfully. Humor
I don't know why it is we are in such a hurry to get up when we fall down. You might think we would lie there and rest for a while.
It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process. Life ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
It is the ability to take a joke, not make one, that proves you have a sense of humor. Humor
Laughter is, after speech, the chief thing that holds society together. Society
People who demand neutrality in any situation are usually not neutral but in favor of the status quo.
Robert Benchley has a style that is weak and lies down frequently to rest.
The defining function of the artist is to cherish consciousness.
The worst enemy of human hope is not brute facts, but men of brains who will not face them. Hope