"We who are liberal and progressive know that the poor are our equals in every sense except that of being equal to us."
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."Lionel Trilling on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish."Lionel Trilling on Albert Einstein
"I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood."Lionel Trilling on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"The sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality."Lionel Trilling on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."Lionel Trilling on Abraham Lincoln
"Immature artists imitate. Mature artists steal."
"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."