53 Total Quotes

Lillian Hellman Quotes

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
#Failure #American Dramatist

Since when do we have to agree with people to defend them from injustice?
Lillian Hellman
#American Dramatist #Injustice

Tallulah was sitting in a group of people, giving the monologue she always thought was conversation.
Lillian Hellman
#Giving

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
#American Dramatist

God helps all the children as they move into a time of life they do not understand and must struggle through with precepts they have picked from the garbage can of older people, clinging with the passion of the lost to odds and ends that will mess th
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#Children

Nobody outside of a baby carriage or a judge's chamber believes in an unprejudiced point of view.
Lillian Hellman
#American Dramatist #Babies

Lonely people, in talking to each other can make each other lonelier.
Lillian Hellman
#Lonely

If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don't listen to writers talking about writing or themselves.
Lillian Hellman
#Advice #American Dramatist

Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.
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#American Dramatist #Cynicism

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

It is not good to see people who have been pretending strength all their lives lose it even for a minute.
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#People #American Dramatist

My father was often angry when I was most like him.
Lillian Hellman
#Family #American Dramatist

The past, with its pleasures, its rewards, its foolishness, its punishments, is there for each of us forever, and it should be.
Lillian Hellman
#Fools And Foolishness

It was an unspoken pleasure, that having come together so many years, ruined so much and repaired a little, we had endured.
Lillian Hellman
#Pleasure

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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#Memory #American Dramatist

I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashion.
Lillian Hellman
#American Dramatist