Lesser is a surname, and may refer to:

  • Adolf Lesser (1851–1926), German psychician
  • Aleksander Lesser (1814–1884), Polish painter and art critic
  • Anton Lesser (born 1952), British actor
  • Axel Lesser (born 1946), East German cross country skier
  • Edmund Lesser (1852–1918), German dermatologist
  • Erik Lesser (born 1988), German biathlete
  • Gabriele Lesser (born 1960), German historian and journalist
  • George Lesser, American musician
  • Gerald S. Lesser (1926–2010), American psychologist
  • Henry Lesser (born 1963), German footballer
  • J Lesser (born 1970), also known as Lesser, American musician
  • Len Lesser (1922–2011), American actor
  • Louis Lesser (born 1916), American business magnate
  • Matt Lesser, Connecticut politician
  • Mike Lesser (born 1943), British mathematical philosopher and political activist
  • Norman Lesser (1902–1985), Anglican bishop and Archbishop of New Zealand
  • Otto Lesser (1830–1887), German astronomer
  • Rika Lesser (born 1953), American poet
  • Robert Lesser (born 1942), American actor
  • Rosa Lesser, Austrian luger
  • Ryan Lesser, Rhode Island video game designer
  • Sam Lesser (1915–2010), also known as Sam Russell, British journalist and Spanish Civil War veteran
  • Sol Lesser (1890–1980), American film producer
  • Stephen A. Lesser (born 1944), American architect
  • Wendy Lesser (born 1952), American author, editor and critic
  • Werner Lesser (1932–2005), East German ski jumper
  • Stephen Marlowe (1928–2008), born Milton Lesser, American author

Lesser is a forename, and may refer to

  • Lesser Samuels (1894–1980), Hollywood screenwriter
  • Lesser Ury (1861-1931), German Impressionist painter and printmaker

Famous quotes containing the word lesser:

    It is not contrary to reason to prefer the destruction of the whole world to the scratching of my finger. It is not contrary to reason for me to choose my total ruin, to prevent the least uneasiness of an Indian, or person wholly unknown to me. It is as little contrary to reason to prefer even my own acknowledged lesser good to my greater, and have a more ardent affection for the former than the latter.
    David Hume (1711–1776)

    Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.
    Jerry Garcia (1942–1995)

    Every normal person, in fact, is only normal on the average. His ego approximates to that of the psychotic in some part or other and to a greater or lesser extent.
    Sigmund Freud (1856–1939)