Lionel Trilling quotes

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We are all ill: but even a universal sickness implies an idea of health.
A primary function of art and thought is to liberate the individual from the tyranny of his culture in the environmental sense and ...
Any historian of the literature of the modern age will take virtually for granted the adversary intention, the actually subversive ...
Immature artists imitate. Mature artists steal.
The function of literature, through all its mutations, has been to make us aware of the particularity of selves, and the high auth ...
Snobbery is not the same thing as pride of class. Pride of class may not please us but we must at least grant that it reflects a s ...
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 ...
It is possible that the contemplation of cruelty will not make us humane but cruel; that the reiteration of the badness of our spi ...
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 r ...
A theory of the middle class: that it is not to be determined by its financial situation but rather by its relation to government. ...
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