Trilling is the surname of:

  • Ilia Trilling (1895–1947), Yiddish song composer
  • Lawrence Trilling, American television director
  • Lionel Trilling (1905–1975), US literary critic

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Famous quotes containing the word 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 (1905–1975)

    Probably it is impossible for humor to be ever a revolutionary weapon. Candide can do little more than generate irony.
    —Lionel Trilling (1905–1975)

    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 (1905–1975)