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

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

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

We who are liberal and progressive know that the poor
are our equals in every sense except that of being equal to us.
- Lionel Trilling

Immature artists imitate.
Mature artists steal.
- Lionel Trilling

 

It is possible that the contemplation of cruelty will
not make us humane but cruel;
that the reiteration of the badness of our spiritual
condition will make us consent to it.
- Lionel Trilling

The poet is in command of his fantasy,
while it is exactly the mark of the neurotic that he
is possessed by his fantasy.
- Lionel Trilling

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

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There is no connection between the political ideas
of our educated class and the deep places of the imagination.
- Lionel Trilling

The immature artist imitates.
Mature artists steal.
- Lionel Trilling

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

Being a Jew is like walking in the wind or swimming:
you are touched at all points and conscious everywhere.
- Lionel Trilling

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

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

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

We are at heart so profoundly anarchistic that the
only form of state we can imagine living in is Utopian;
and so cynical that the only Utopia we can believe in is authoritarian.
- Lionel Trilling

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

Probably it is impossible for humor to be ever a revolutionary weapon.
Candide can do little more than generate irony.
- Lionel Trilling

The function of literature, through all its mutations,
has been to make us aware of the particularity of selves,
and the high authority of the self in its quarrel with
its society and its culture.
Literature is in that sense subversive.
- Lionel Trilling

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.
- Lionel Trilling

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
- Og Mandino

You do ill if you praise, but worse
if you censure, what you do not understand.
- Leonardo da Vinci

The challenge of living a great life is to create
a meaningful whole out of sometimes ill-fitting halves.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care
for people will hear them and be influenced
by them for good or ill.
- The Buddha

They are ill discoverers that think there is no land,
when they can see nothing but sea.
- Francis Bacon

Shallow understanding from people of good will
is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding
from people of ill will.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

There is nothing that so much gratifies an ill tongue
as when it finds an angry heart.
- Thomas Fuller

Golf is a game in which one endeavors to control a
ball with implements ill adapted for the purpose.
- Woodrow Wilson

The world owes all its onward impulses to men ill at ease.
The happy man inevitably confines himself within ancient limits.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

He that hopes no good fears no ill.
- Thomas Fuller

I think the studio gave me that series on purpose,
because they knew perfectly well that Robert Riskin
was ill and that I needed to go to work.
They gave me that series to do.
- Fay Wray

Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher.
For good or ill it teaches the whole people by its example.
- Timothy McVeigh

Preparation for war is a constant stimulus to suspicion and ill will.
- James Monroe

Books and marriage go ill together.
- Moliere

Above all, we shall wage no more unilateral,
ill-planned, ill-considered, and ill-prepared invasions
of foreign countries that pose no actual threat to our security.
- Theodore C. Sorensen

Man becomes weak or ill by accident as a consequence
of the lack of resources.
Even the most severally ill patients must be treated
with the aim of restoring their health.
- Michael Servetus

My little dog, he did not get ill.
It is so funny that people get ill on a boat and dogs do not.
- Anna Held

If a Woman can neither Love nor Honour,
she does ill in promising to Obey.
- Mary Astell

To run away from trouble is a form of cowardice and,
while it is true that the suicide braves death,
he does it not for some noble object but to escape some ill.
- Aristotle

Married people should not be quick to hear what is
said by either when in ill humor.
- Samuel Richardson

Magnanimity in politics is not seldom the truest wisdom;
and a great empire and little minds go ill together.
- Edmund Burke

Ill give you a definite maybe.
- Samuel Goldwyn

I only get ill when I give up drugs.
- Keith Richards

Infelicity is an ill to which all acts are heir which
have the general character of ritual or ceremonial,
all conventional acts.
- J. L. Austin

I read somewhere that 77 per cent of all the mentally ill live in poverty.
Actually, I'm more intrigued by the 23 per cent who
are apparently doing quite well for themselves.
- Jerry Garcia

It may be said that modern Europe with teachers who
inform it that its realist instincts are beautiful,
acts ill and honors what is ill.
- Julien Benda

I hope that there are no persons that would want to
think ill of me in any direction or any behavior.
- Diahann Carroll

We take the shortest route to the puck and arrive in ill humor.
- Bobby Clarke

I have never felt at any point in my life,
good or bad, any ill will ever from the man or woman on the street.
- Rob Lowe

A vain man finds it wise to speak good or ill of himself;
a modest man does not talk of himself.
- Jean de la Bruyere

You may keep your beauty and your health,
unless you destroy them yourself, or discourage them to stay with you,
by using them ill.
- William Temple

A feeble execution is but another phrase for a bad execution;
and a government ill executed,
whatever may be its theory, must, in practice,
be a bad government.
- Joseph Story

A good word is an easy obligation; but not to speak
ill requires only our silence,
which costs us nothing.
- John Tillotson

Nothing is a greater impediment to being on good terms
with others than being ill at ease with yourself.
- Honore de Balzac

There cannot live a more unhappy creature than an ill-natured old man,
who is neither capable of receiving pleasures,
nor sensible of conferring them on others.
- William Temple

Disease and ill health are caused largely by damage
at the molecular and cellular level,
yet today's surgical tools are too large to deal with that kind of problem.
- Ralph Merkle

Father Fernando did every thing in his power to assist the sick;
and although he arrived much reduced in flesh,
he did not become ill, and is now well.
- Junipero Serra

A vitamin is a substance that makes you ill if you don't eat it.
- Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

It is the mind that maketh good or ill,
That maketh wretch or happy, rich or poor.
- Michel de Montaigne

I'm not an activist per se, but I have strong feelings about things.
People can jump on celebrities for being ill-informed or naive,
but I've got a right to say what I believe.
- Ed Harris

Use of a mentally ill person's involuntary confession
is antithetical to the notion of fundamental fairness
embodied in the due process clause.
- William J. Brennan, Jr.

A person who can write a long letter with ease,
cannot write ill.
- Jane Austen

I think that I'm so psychotic and so mentally ill that
if I could tap into that I could do something really interesting.
- Megan Fox

Those who speak ill of the spiritual life,
although they come and go by day, are like the smith's bellows:
they take breath but are not alive.
- William Hazlitt

Frequent and loud laughter is the characteristic of folly and ill manners.
- Lord Chesterfield

I have maintained a passionate interest in education,
which leads me occasionally to make foolish and ill-considered
remarks alleging that not everything is well in our schools.
- Philip Pullman

Great allowances ought to be made for the petulance
of persons laboring under ill-health.
- Samuel Richardson

Begin thus from the first act, and proceed;
and,
in conclusion, at the ill which thou hast done,
be troubled, and rejoice for the good.
- Pythagoras

No, seriously, I really don't have much ill-will toward anyone these days;
I just ignore the people that I dislike.
- Boyd Rice

Seated one day at the organ, I was weary and ill at ease,
and my fingers wandered idly over the noisy keys.
It seemed the harmonious echo from our discordant life.
- Adelaide Anne Procter

Just like those who are incurably ill,
the aged know everything about their dying except exactly when.
- Philip Roth

My plan is to have a theatre in some small town or
something and I'll be manager.
Ill be the crazy old movie guy.
- Quentin Tarantino


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