"Every neurosis is ..." Quote of Lionel Trilling

Tuesday, November 11, 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.
Lionel Trilling
Lionel Trilling (1905-1975), U.S. critic. Notebook entry, 1946. Partisan Review 50th Anniversary Edition, ed. William Philips (1985).
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