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We who are liberal and progressive know that the poor
by 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

Related topics: Equality

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

Immature artists imitate.
Mature artists steal.
- 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

 

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

The immature artist imitates.
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

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

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

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

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

The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools,
but the gentle touches of air and water
working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time.
- Henry David Thoreau

God reigns when we take a liberal view.
- Henry David Thoreau

A liberal is a man who is willing to spend somebody else's money.
- Carter Glass

A liberal is a man or a woman or a child who looks forward to a better day,
a more tranquil night, and a bright,
infinite future.
- Leonard Bernstein

A liberal education is at the heart of a civil society,
and at the heart of a liberal education is the act of teaching.
- A. Bartlett Giamatti

Conservative, n: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils,
as distinguished from the Liberal who wishes to replace them with others.
- Ambrose Bierce

I read Shakespeare and the Bible, and I can shoot dice.
That's what I call a liberal education.
- Tallulah Bankhead

A liberal education...
frees a man from the prison-house of his class,
race, time, place, background, family and even his nation.
- Robert M. Hutchins

The biases the media has are much bigger than conservative or liberal.
They're about getting ratings, about making money,
about doing stories that are easy to cover.
- Al Franken

So the idea that you could put Kurds,
Shiite Arabs, and Sunni Arabs in a nice,
liberal, federal system in Iraq in a short amount of time,
six months or a year, boggles the mind.
- William Odom

The role of a liberal arts college within a university
is to be a genuine part of that university,
giving and responding to the other parts.
- Edward Levi

The band has a liberal philosophy - that's sort of a given.
- Thurston Moore

I'm a liberal arts junkie.
- Mary Chapin Carpenter

The thirst to know and understand, a large and liberal discontent.
- William Watson

The place to find the explanation for the liberal-activist
mindset of the courts is in the political arena.
- Stockwell Day

Unlimited economic growth has the marvelous quality
of stilling discontent while maintaining privilege,
a fact that has not gone unnoticed among liberal economists.
- Noam Chomsky

News represents another form of advertising,
not liberal propaganda.
- Christopher Lasch

A large nose is in fact the sign of an affable man,
good, courteous, witty, liberal, courageous,
such as I am.
- Edmond Rostand

Habituated from our Infancy to trample upon the Rights of Human Nature,
every generous, every liberal Sentiment,
if not extinguished, is enfeebled in our Minds.
- George Mason

In the world of language, or in other words in the
world of art and liberal education,
religion necessarily appears as mythology or as Bible.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Novels are the Socratic dialogues of our time.
Practical wisdom fled from school wisdom into this liberal form.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

If a conservative is a liberal who's been mugged,
a liberal is a conservative who's been arrested.
- Thomas Wolfe

Politics aside, it will be hard for any new liberal
radio network to outdo the professionalism of NPR.
- Paul Weyrich

I don't know about liberal bias, but people of a liberal
mentality are probably attracted in greater numbers
to the arts than people of a conservative mentality.
- Sydney Pollack

By the end, everybody had a label - pig,
liberal, radical, revolutionary...
If you had everything but a gun, you were a radical but not a revolutionary.
- Jerry Rubin

A conservative is a liberal who got mugged the night before.
- Frank Rizzo

Only a liberal senator from Massachusetts would say
that a 49 percent increase in funding for education was not enough.
- George W. Bush

I think Russians today have a distorted picture of capitalism,
liberal democracy and market economy.
- Garry Kasparov

But I think it's undeniable that the Times is a liberal paper.
- Daniel Okrent

This liberal progressive agenda...
is the antithesis of who we are as a constitutional republic.
- Allen West

Women ought to feel a peculiar sympathy in the colored man's wrong,
for, like him, she has been accused of mental inferiority,
and denied the privileges of a liberal education.
- Angelina Grimke

Good for you, you have a heart, you can be a liberal.
Now, couple your heart with your brain,
and you can be a conservative.
- Glenn Beck

Bill Clinton was a liberal who could appeal to conservative-leaning Bubba voters.
- Rich Lowry

A liberal knows that the only certainty in this life
is change but believes that the change can be directed
toward a constructive end.
- Henry A. Wallace

Sometimes I wonder whether Washington's liberal politicians
truly understand the greatness that is America.
- Mitt Romney

A liberal is a conservative who has been arrested.
- Tom Wolfe

Conservative humor is frankly harder than liberal humor.
You get points for just being liberal.
You can get more points if you make fun of your own side sometimes.
- Ted Rall

Conservative New Testament studies could also provide
an intellectually satisfying alternative to German
biblical criticism and to the liberal theology that accompanied it.
- John Gresham Machen

Is the New York Times a Liberal Newspaper? Of course it is.
- Daniel Okrent

A liberal is a man who will give away everything he doesn't own.
- Frank Dane

The labour Party has lost the last four elections.
If they lose another, they get to keep the liberal party.
- Clive Anderson

There's not a liberal America and a conservative America -
there's the United States of America.
- Barack Obama

A liberal mind is a mind that is able to imagine itself believing anything.
- Max Eastman

Liberal: a power worshipper without power.
- George Orwell

It only takes 20 years for a liberal to become a conservative
without changing a single idea.
- Robert Anton Wilson

This is not about being liberal.
This is not about being conservative.
This is about making sure our government works for all Americans.
- Francine Busby

If a liberal political philosophy stands for anything,
and I am no longer sure it does, then it must mean
that we are committed to the leveling of the playing field for everyone.
- Daniel Keys Moran

I mean to defend the rights of individuals in a liberal prospect.
- Emma Bonino

I worked in the media from the late 30's through the early 70's.
Politics in general became more liberal both nationally
and within the state as the years passed.
- Jesse Helms

Yes, I'm of the old guard, liberal Republican.
- Mark Hatfield

You can't get much more liberal than John Kerry is.
I mean, he's my candidate, but, I mean,
come on.
- Don Imus

Liberal whites are the greatest enemy of African Americans.
- James Meredith


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