Tuesday, November 11, 2014
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.
Lionel Trilling (1905-1975), U.S. critic. Partisan Review 50th Anniversary Edition, entry in 1948, ed. William Philips (1985).
On Plato's theory of art.