"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."
"I busted a mirror and got seven years bad luck, but my lawyer thinks he can get me five."Lionel Trilling on Steven Wright
"Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery."Lionel Trilling on Calvin Coolidge
"A successful lawsuit is the one worn by a policeman."Lionel Trilling on Robert Frost
"Make crime pay. Become a lawyer."Lionel Trilling on Will Rogers
"Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens."Lionel Trilling on Plato
"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."
"There is no connection between the political ideas of our educated class and the deep places of the imagination."