"Probably it is impossible for humor to be ever a revolutionary weapon. Candide can do little more than generate irony."
"A joke is a very serious thing."Lionel Trilling on Winston Churchill
"Humor is mankind's greatest blessing."Lionel Trilling on Mark Twain
"Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing."Lionel Trilling on William James
"If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide."Lionel Trilling on Mahatma Gandhi
"A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It's jolted by every pebble on the road."Lionel Trilling on Henry Ward Beecher
"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."
"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."