Quotation by Lionel Trilling

Reasons for not keeping a notebook: 1) the ambiguity of the reader—it is never quite oneself. 2) I usually hate the sight of my handwriting—it lives too much and I dislike its life—I mean by "lives," of course, betrays too much!
Lionel Trilling (1905–1975), U.S. critic. Notebook entry, 1944. Partisan Review 50th Anniversary Edition, ed. William Philips (1985).
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