"Immature artists imitate. Mature artists steal."
"True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist."Lionel Trilling on Albert Einstein
"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."Lionel Trilling on Vincent Van Gogh
"The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person."Lionel Trilling on Abraham Lincoln
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."Lionel Trilling on Aristotle
"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament."Lionel Trilling on Oscar Wilde
"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."
"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."