Lionel Trilling Quotes

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Born: 1905-07-04, New York City, NY
Birth Country: USA
Died: New York City, NY, 1975-11-05
Occupation: literary critic, professor

Every neurosis is a primitive form of legal proceeding in which the accused carries on the prosecution, imposes judgment and executes the sentence: all to the end that someone else should not perform the same process.
- Lionel Trilling

Immature artists imitate. Mature artists steal.
- Lionel Trilling

Probably it is impossible for humor to be ever a revolutionary weapon. Candide can do little more than generate irony.
- Lionel Trilling

The poet may be used as a barometer, but let us not forget that he is also part of the weather.
- Lionel Trilling

There is no connection between the political ideas of our educated class and the deep places of the imagination.
- Lionel Trilling

We are all ill: but even a universal sickness implies an idea of health.
- Lionel Trilling

We who are liberal and progressive know that the poor are our equals in every sense except that of being equal to us.
- Lionel Trilling

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