Lionel Trilling

Lionel Trilling Quotes

  • ''Probably it is impossible for humor to be ever a revolutionary weapon. Candide can do little more than generate irony.''
    Lionel Trilling (1905-1975), U.S. critic. Partisan Review 50th Anniversary Edition, notebook entry 1931-1932, ed. William Philips (1985).
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  • ''In the American metaphysic, reality is always material reality, hard, resistant, unformed, impenetrable, and unpleasant.''
    Lionel Trilling (1905-1975), U.S. critic. "Reality in America," The Liberal Imagination (1950).
  • ''We who are liberal and progressive know that the poor are our equals in every sense except that of being equal to us.''
    Lionel Trilling (1905-1975), U.S. critic. "The Princess Casamassima," The Liberal Imagination (1950).

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