Lionel Trilling

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Lionel Mordecai Trilling (July 4, 1905 – November 5, 1975) was an American literary critic, author, and teacher. With wife Diana Trilling, he was a member of the New York Intellectuals and contributor to the Partisan Review. Although he did not establish a school of literary criticism, he is one of the leading U.S. critics of the twentieth century ...
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11 November 2014
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.
11 November 2014
Being a Jew is like walking in the wind or swimming: you are touched at all points and conscious everywhere.
11 November 2014
Probably it is impossible for humor to be ever a revolutionary weapon. Candide can do little more than generate irony.
11 November 2014
In the American metaphysic, reality is always material reality, hard, resistant, unformed, impenetrable, and unpleasant.
11 November 2014
We who are liberal and progressive know that the poor are our equals in every sense except that of being equal to us.

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