Quotations by Lillian Hellman

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Born: Thursday, June 20, 1907
Died: Saturday, June 30, 1984 (77 years old)
Profession: Dramatist
Nationality: American


Belief is a moral act for which the believer is to be held responsible.
- Lillian Hellman
(Keywords: Belief, Act)

Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.
- Lillian Hellman
(Keywords: Truth, Cynicism, Saying)

Failure in the theater is more dramatic and uglier than any other form of writing. It costs so much, you feel so guilty.
- Lillian Hellman
(Keywords: Failure, Theater, Writing)

God forgives those who invent what they need.
- Lillian Hellman
(Keywords: God)

I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashion.
- Lillian Hellman
(Keywords: Conscience, Fashion, Will)

I like people who refuse to speak until they are ready to speak.
- Lillian Hellman
(Keywords: People)

If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don't listen to writers talking about writing or themselves.
- Lillian Hellman
(Keywords: Advice, Talking, Writers, Writing)

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.
- Lillian Hellman
(Keywords: Gods, Beginning, End, Man, Mercy, Problems, Tragedy, Will)

It is a mark of many famous people that they cannot part with their brightest hour.
- Lillian Hellman
(Keywords: People, Famous)

It is best to act with confidence, no matter how little right you have to it.
- Lillian Hellman
(Keywords: Act, Confidence, Right)

It is not good to see people who have been pretending strength all their lives lose it even for a minute.
- Lillian Hellman
(Keywords: People, Strength)

Lonely people, in talking to each other, can make each other lonelier.
- Lillian Hellman
(Keywords: People, Lonely, Talking)

My father was often angry when I was most like him.
- Lillian Hellman
(Keywords: Father)

Nobody outside of a baby carriage or a judge's chamber believes in an unprejudiced point of view.
- Lillian Hellman
(Keywords: Baby)

Nothing you write, if you hope to be good, will ever come out as you first hoped.
- Lillian Hellman
(Keywords: Hope, First, Nothing, Will)

People change and forget to tell each other.
- Lillian Hellman
(Keywords: Change, People, Forget)

Since when do we have to agree with people to defend them from injustice?
- Lillian Hellman
(Keywords: People, Injustice)

Success isn't everything but it makes a man stand straight.
- Lillian Hellman
(Keywords: Success, Man)

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.
- Lillian Hellman
(Keywords: People, Bible, Earth)

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.
- Lillian Hellman
(Keywords: Advice, Fancy, Talking, Writers, Writing)

Things start out as hopes and end up as habits.
- Lillian Hellman
(Keywords: End, Habits)

Truth made you a traitor as it often does in a time of scoundrels.
- Lillian Hellman
(Keywords: Time, 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.
- Lillian Hellman
(Keywords: Courage, Hell, Justice, Now, Word)

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.
- Lillian Hellman
(Keywords: People, America, Mistakes, Past, Want)

What a word is truth. Slippery, tricky, unreliable. I tried in these books to tell the truth.
- Lillian Hellman
(Keywords: Truth, Books, Word)

You lose your manners when you are poor.
- Lillian Hellman
(Keywords: Manners, Poor)







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