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“[On Marilyn Monroe:] I think my response to her death was the common one: it came to me with the impact of a personal deprivation but I also felt it as I might a catastrophe in history or in nature; there was less in life, there was less of life, because she had ceased to exist. In her loss life itself had been injured.”
“Seventeen years have now passed since Lionel's death, and hour by hour, minute by minute I still listen for a clock which no longer ticks.”
“Writers are what they write, also what they fail to write.”
“[On growing up:] Pleasure was not the principle of our home. I learned early in life that to laugh before breakfast was to cry before dinner.”
“There's much to be said for challenging fate instead of ducking behind it.”
Diana Trilling, U.S. literary critic, writer
(1905 - 1996)
Full name: Diana Rubin Trilling.