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Lionel Trilling Quotes

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

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The immature artist imitates. The mature artist steals.

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Being a Jew is like walking in the wind or swimming you are touched at all points and conscious everywhere.

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Where misunderstanding serves others as an advantage, one is helpless to make oneself understood.

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This is the great vice of academicism, that it is concerned with ideas rather than with thinking.

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

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It is now life and not art that requires the willing suspension of disbelief.

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Immature artists imitate. Mature artists steal.

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Our culture peculiarly honors the act of blaming, which it takes as the sign of virtue and intellect.

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The immature artist imitates. Mature artists steal.

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What marks the artist is his power to shape the material of pain we all have.

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