"There is no connection between the political ideas of our educated class and the deep places of the imagination."
"Imagination is more important than knowledge."Lionel Trilling on Albert Einstein
"I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities."Lionel Trilling on Dr. Seuss
"Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions."Lionel Trilling on Albert Einstein
"I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation and is but a reflection of human frailty."Lionel Trilling on Albert Einstein
"Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?"Lionel Trilling on Sun Tzu
"Immature artists imitate. Mature artists steal."
"We who are liberal and progressive know that the poor are our equals in every sense except that of being equal to us."
"We are all ill: but even a universal sickness implies an idea of health."
"Probably it is impossible for humor to be ever a revolutionary weapon. Candide can do little more than generate irony."
"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."
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