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Lionel Trilling

Immature artists imitate. Mature artists steal.

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The immature artist imitates. Mature artists steal.

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Youth is a time when we find the books we give up but do not get over.

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We are all ill: but even a universal sickness implies an idea of health.

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It is now life and not art that requires the willing suspension of disbelief.

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What marks the artist is his power to shape the material of pain we all have.

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The poet may be used as a barometer, but let us not forget that he is also part of the weather.

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This is the great vice of academicism, that it is concerned with ideas rather than with thinking.

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Where misunderstanding serves others as an advantage, one is helpless to make oneself understood.

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Our culture peculiarly honors the act of blaming, which it takes as the sign of virtue and intellect.

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