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 Equality Quote

We are all ill: but even a universal sickness implies an idea of health.

Lionel Trilling Health Quote

There is no connection between the political ideas of our educated class and the deep places of the imagination.

Lionel Trilling Imagination Quote

The poet may be used as a barometer but let us not forget that he is also part of the weather.

Lionel Trilling Poetry Quote

Probably it is impossible for humor to be ever a revolutionary weapon. Candide can do little more than generate irony.

Lionel Trilling Humor Quote

Immature artists imitate. Mature artists steal.

Lionel Trilling Art Quote

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 Legal Quote