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Lillian Hellman
June 20, 1907 - June 30, 1984
Nationality: American
Category: Dramatist
Subcategory: American Dramatist

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.


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


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


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


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


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.


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.


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


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.


People change and forget to tell each other.


God forgives those who invent what they need.


Things start out as hopes and end up as habits.


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


Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.


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.


You lose your manners when you are poor.


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


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


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


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