Lillian Hellman - Quotes

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People change and forget to tell each other.

People change and forget to tell each other.

It is best to act with confidence, no matter how little right you have to it.

It is best to act with confidence, no matter how little right you have to it.

I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashion. ---->>>

Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.

Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.

Lonely people, in talking to each other, can make each other lonelier. ---->>>

Since when do we have to agree with people to defend them from injustice? ---->>>

If you believe, as the Greeks did, that man is at the mercy of the gods, then you write tragedy. The end is inevitable from the beginning. But if you believe that man can solve his own problems and is at nobody's mercy, then you will probably write melodrama. ---->>>

Things start out as hopes and end up as habits.

Things start out as hopes and end up as habits.

We are a people who do not want to keep much of the past in our heads. It is considered unhealthy in America to remember mistakes, neurotic to think about them, psychotic to dwell on them. ---->>>

I like people who refuse to speak until they are ready to speak.

I like people who refuse to speak until they are ready to speak.

If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don't listen to writers talking about writing or themselves. ---->>>

Success isn't everything but it makes a man stand straight. ---->>>

It is not good to see people who have been pretending strength all their lives lose it even for a minute. ---->>>

Belief is a moral act for which the believer is to be held responsible. ---->>>

It is a mark of many famous people that they cannot part with their brightest hour.

It is a mark of many famous people that they cannot part with their brightest hour.

There are people who eat the earth and eat all the people on it like in the Bible with the locusts. And other people who stand around and watch them eat. ---->>>

My father was often angry when I was most like him.

My father was often angry when I was most like him.

You lose your manners when you are poor. ---->>>

Truth made you a traitor as it often does in a time of scoundrels.

Truth made you a traitor as it often does in a time of scoundrels.

Nothing you write, if you hope to be good, will ever come out as you first hoped. ---->>>

What a word is truth. Slippery, tricky, unreliable. I tried in these books to tell the truth. ---->>>

Unjust. How many times I've used that word, scolded myself with it. All I mean by it now is that I don't have the final courage to say that I refuse to preside over violations against myself, and to hell with justice. ---->>>

They're fancy talkers about themselves, writers. If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don't listen to writers talking about writing or themselves. ---->>>

God forgives those who invent what they need.

God forgives those who invent what they need.

Failure in the theater is more dramatic and uglier than any other form of writing. It costs so much, you feel so guilty. ---->>>

Nobody outside of a baby carriage or a judge's chamber believes in an unprejudiced point of view. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 06-20, 1905
Birthplace:
Die: 06-30, 1984
Occupation: Dramatist
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Lillian Florence Hellman (June 20, 1905 – June 30, 1984) was an American dramatist and screenwriter known for her success as a playwright on Broadway, as well as her left-wing sympathies and political activism. She was blacklisted after her appearance before the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) at the height of the anti-communist campaigns of 1947–52 (wikipedia)