lillian hellman Quotes

Well, there are people who eat the earth and eat all the people on it like in the Bible with the locusts. Then there are people who stand around and watch them eat it. (Softly) Sometimes I think it ain't right to stand and watch them do it.
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— Lillian Hellman
Lonely people, in talking to each other, can make each other lonelier.
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— Lillian Hellman
You lose your manners when you are poor.
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— Lillian Hellman
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.
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— Lillian Hellman
Since when do we have to agree with people to defend them from injustice?
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— Lillian Hellman
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.
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— Lillian Hellman
Nobody outside of a baby carriage or a judge's chamber believes in an unprejudiced point of view.
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— Lillian Hellman
No one can argue any longer about the rights of women. It's like arguing about earthquakes.
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— Lillian Hellman
Was it always my nature to take a bad time and block out the good times, until any success became an accident and failure seemed the only truth?
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— Lillian Hellman
Nobody knows what you want except you, and no one will be as sorry as you if you don't get it.
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— Lillian Hellman
I am suspicious of guilt in myself and in other people; it is usually a way of not thinking, or of announcing one's own fine sensibilities the better to be rid of them fast.
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— Lillian Hellman
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.
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— Lillian Hellman
For every man who lives without freedom, the rest of us must face the guilt.
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— Lillian Hellman
Nobody knows what you want except you. And nobody will be as sorry as you if you don't get it. Wanting some other way to live is proof enough of deserving it. Having it is hard work, but not having it is sheer hell.
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— Lillian Hellman
The only good thing about [aging] is you're not dead.
— Lillian Hellman
Intellectuals can tell themselves anything, sell themselves any bill of goods, which is why they were so often patsies for the ruling classes in 19th-century France and England, or 20th-century Russia and America.
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— Lillian Hellman
I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions, even though I long ago came to the conclusion that I was not a political person and could have no comfortable place in any political group.
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— Lillian Hellman
I like people who refuse to speak until they are ready to speak.
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— Lillian Hellman
I wanted to see what was there for me once, what is there for me now.
— Lillian Hellman
You lose your manners when you're poor.
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— Lillian Hellman
People change and forget to tell each other.
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— Lillian Hellman
Nowadays people write English as if a rat were caught in the typewriter and they were trying to hit the keys which wouldn't disturb it.
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— Lillian Hellman
I live in a room and I go to work and I play a game called getting through the day while you wait for the night.
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— Lillian Hellman
Decisions, particularly important ones, have always made me sleepy, perhaps because I know that I will have to make them by instinct, and thinking things out is only what other people tell me I should do.
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— Lillian Hellman
It's a sad day when you find out that it's not accident or time or fortune, but just yourself that kept things from you.
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— Lillian Hellman
Since when do you have to agree with people to defend them from injustice?
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— Lillian Hellman
It is best to act with confidence, no matter how little right you have to it.
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— Lillian Hellman
Things start out as hopes and end up as habits.
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— Lillian Hellman
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.
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— Lillian Hellman
If you are willing to take the punishment, you're halfway through the battle. That the issues may be trivial, the battle ugly, is another point.
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— Lillian Hellman
Guilt is often an excuse for not thinking ...
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— Lillian Hellman
Like all former thinkers, I'm writing a book.
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— Lillian Hellman
One sits uncomfortably on a too comfortable cushion.
— Lillian Hellman
A theme is always necessary, a plain, simple, unadorned theme to confuse the ignorant.
— Lillian Hellman
You don't always know how to do things when they're happening.
— Lillian Hellman
It {France} may be the only country in the world where the rich are sometimes brilliant.
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— Lillian Hellman
Most people coming out of war feel lost and resentful. What had been a minute-to-minute confrontation with yourself, your struggle with what courage you have against discomfort, at the least, and death at the other end, ties you to the people you have known in the war and makes for a time others seem alien and frivolous.
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— Lillian Hellman
Everybody's got a habit.
— Lillian Hellman
Mama seemed to do only what my father wanted, and yet we lived the way my mother wanted us to live.
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— Lillian Hellman
Styles in wit change so.
— Lillian Hellman