Lionel Trilling Quotes


23 Lionel Trilling quotes:



"Where misunderstanding serves others as an advantage, one is helpless to make oneself understood"
Author: Trilling Quotes Category: Advantage Quotes
"Any historian of the literature of the modern age will take virtually for granted the adversary intention, the actually subversive intention, that characterizes modern writing / he will perceive its clear purpose of detaching the reader from the habits of thought and feeling that the larger culture imposes, of giving him a ground and a vantage point from which to judge and condemn, and perhaps revise, the culture that produces him."
"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."
Author: Trilling Quotes Category: American Critic Quotes Judgment Quotes
"The poet is in command of his fantasy, while it is exactly the mark of the neurotic that he is possessed by his fantasy."
Author: Trilling Quotes Category: American Critic Quotes Fantasy Quotes
"Youth is a time when we find the books we give up but do not get over."
"Our culture peculiarly honors the act of blaming, which it takes as the sign of virtue and intellect."
"What marks the artist is his power to shape the material of pain we all have."
"The immature artist imitates. Mature artists steal."
"It is possible that the contemplation of cruelty will not make us humane but cruel; that the reiteration of the badness of our spiritual condition will make us consent to it."
"We are all ill: but even a universal sickness implies an idea of health."
"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."
"This is the great vice of academicism, that it is concerned with ideas rather than with thinking."
"Probably it is impossible for humor to be ever a revolutionary weapon. Candide can do little more than generate irony."
"It is now life and not art that requires the willing suspension of disbelief."
"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."
"Where misunderstanding serves others as an advantage, one is helpless to make oneself understood."
"The poet may be used as a barometer, but let us not forget that he is also part of the weather."
"We who are liberal and progressive know that the poor are our equals in every sense except that of being equal to us."
"Immature artists imitate. Mature artists steal."
"Educating a son I should allow him no fairy tales and only a very few novels. This is to prevent him from having 1. the sense of romantic solitude (if he is worth anything he will develop a proper and useful solitude) which identification with the hero gives. 2. cant ideas of right and wrong, absurd systems of honor and morality which never will he be able completely to get rid of, 3. the attainment of ''ideals,'' of a priori desires, of a priori emotions. He should amuse himself with fact only: he will then not learn that if the weak younger son do or do not the magical honorable thing he will win the princess with hair like flax."
Author: Trilling Quotes Category: Fiction Quotes



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