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"To the excessively fearful the chief characteristic of power is its arbitrariness. Man had to gain enormously in confidence before he could conceive an all-powerful God who obeys his own laws."
Eric Hoffer
Lionel Trilling Quotes
All great art, and today all great artlessness, must appear extreme to the mass of men, as we know them today. It springs from the anguish of great souls. From the souls of men not formed, but deformed in factories whose inspiration is pelf.
Lionel Trilling

Being a Jew is like walking in the wind or swimming: you are touched at all points and conscious everywhere.
Lionel Trilling

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

In the American metaphysic, reality is always material reality, hard, resistant, unformed, impenetrable, and unpleasant.
Lionel Trilling

Literature is the human activity that make the fullest and most precise account of variousness, possibility, complexity, and difficulty.
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 function of literature, through all its mutations, has been to make us aware of the particularity of selves, and the high authority of the self in its quarrel with its society and its culture. Literature is in that sense subversive.
Lionel Trilling

The immature artist imitates. The mature artist steals.
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

We are at heart so profoundly anarchistic that the only form of state we can imagine living in is Utopian; and so cynical that the only Utopia we can believe in is authoritarian.
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

Where misunderstanding serves others as an advantage, one is helpless to make oneself understood.
Lionel Trilling

Youth is a time when we find the books we give up but do not get over.
Lionel Trilling

Type:
Critic
Date of Birth:
1905-07-04
Year of Death:
1975
Nationality:
American
 

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