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    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.
    — Lillian Hellman
    tags: people  earth  right  bible 
     
    Lonely people, in talking to each other, can make each other lonelier.
    — Lillian Hellman
    tags: people 
     
    You lose your manners when you are poor.
    — Lillian Hellman
    tags: poor 
     
    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
    tags: advice  young  writing 
     
    Since when do we have to agree with people to defend them from injustice?
    — Lillian Hellman
    tags: people 
     
    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
    tags: men  believe  problem  tragedy  mercy  god  write 
     
    Nobody outside of a baby carriage or a judge's chamber believes in an unprejudiced point of view.
    — Lillian Hellman
    tags: believe 
     
    No one can argue any longer about the rights of women. It's like arguing about earthquakes.
    — Lillian Hellman
    tags: women  right 
     
    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?
    — Lillian Hellman
    tags: failure  time  nature  bad  success 
     
    Nobody knows what you want except you, and no one will be as sorry as you if you don't get it.
    — Lillian Hellman
    tags: sorry 
     
    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.
    — Lillian Hellman
    tags: guilt  thinking 
     
    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
    tags: people  earth  bible 
     
    For every man who lives without freedom, the rest of us must face the guilt.
    — Lillian Hellman
    tags: men  freedom  live  guilt 
     
    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.
    — Lillian Hellman
    tags: work  live  hell  sorry 
     
    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.
    — Lillian Hellman
    tags: america  sell  russia  england 
     
    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.
    — Lillian Hellman
    I like people who refuse to speak until they are ready to speak.
    — Lillian Hellman
    tags: people 
     
    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.
    — Lillian Hellman
    tags: poor 
     
    People change and forget to tell each other.
    — Lillian Hellman
    tags: people 
     
    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.
    — Lillian Hellman
    tags: people  key  write 
     
    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.
    — Lillian Hellman
    tags: work  live  night  games 
     
    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.
    — 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.
    — Lillian Hellman
    tags: time  sad 
     
    Since when do you have to agree with people to defend them from injustice?
    — Lillian Hellman
    tags: people 
     
    It is best to act with confidence, no matter how little right you have to it.
    — Lillian Hellman
    tags: right  confidence 
     
    Things start out as hopes and end up as habits.
    — Lillian Hellman
    tags: hope 
     
    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
    tags: people  past  mistakes  america 
     
    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.
    — Lillian Hellman
    tags: battle  punishment 
     
    Guilt is often an excuse for not thinking ...
    — Lillian Hellman
    tags: guilt  thinking 
     
    Like all former thinkers, I'm writing a book.
    — Lillian Hellman
    tags: writing  book 
     
    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.
    — Lillian Hellman
    tags: world 
     
    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.
    — Lillian Hellman
    tags: death  time  people  lost  struggle  war  courage 
     
    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.
    — Lillian Hellman
    tags: live  father  mother 
     
    Styles in wit change so.
    — Lillian Hellman
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    lillian hellman
    Birth    : June 20, 1905
    Death  : June 30, 1984
    Occupation  : Author