People change and forget to tell each other.

— Lillian Hellman

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

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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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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 quote People change and forget to tell each ot

People change and forget to tell each other.

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For every man who lives without freedom, the rest of us must face the guilt.

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

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

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Rebels seldom make good revolutionaries, because organized action, even union with other people, is not possible for them.

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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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Statisticians do it with confidence, frequency and variation

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About Lillian Hellman

Quotes 97 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Dramatist
Birthday October 16

Advances are made by those with at least a touch of irrational confidence in what they can do.

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

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It {France} may be the only country in the world where the rich are sometimes brilliant.

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

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The past, with its pleasures, its rewards, its foolishness, its punishments, is there for each of us forever, and it should be.

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It's an indulgence to sit in a room and discuss your beliefs as if they were a juicy piece of gossip.

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Nobody outside of a baby carriage or a judge's chamber believes in an unprejudiced point of view.

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How often the rich like to play at being poor. A rather nasty game, I've always thought.

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I'm good at embroidery. It's what I always wanted to do.... Yep, instead of whoring, I just wanted to do fancy embroidery.

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Maybe money is unreal for most of us, easier to give away than things we want.

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History is made by masses of people. One man, or ten men, don't start the earthquakes and don't stop them either. Only hero worshipers and ignorant historians think they do.

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

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Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.

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Nothing you write, if you hope to be good, will ever come out as you first hoped.

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One sits uncomfortably on a too comfortable cushion.

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

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Decision by democratic majority vote is a fine form of government, but it's a stinking way to create.

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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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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.

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

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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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failure in the theater is more public, more brilliant, more unreal than in any other field.

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A man should be jailed for telling lies to the young.

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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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I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions

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You lose your manners when you're poor.

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Failure in the theater is more dramatic and uglier than any other form of writing. It costs so much, you feel so guilty.

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Callous greed grows pious very fast.

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The world is out of shapewhen there are hungry men.

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We will not think noble because we are not noble.

We will not live in beautiful harmony because there is no such thing in this world, nor should there be. We promise only to do our best and to live out our lives. Dear God, that's all we can promise in truth.

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The happy problem of our time - longer life.

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Was it always in my nature to take a bad time and block out the good times, until any success becomes an accident and failure seemed the only truth?

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Like all former thinkers, I'm writing a book.

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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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Haven't you lived in the South long enough to know that nothing is ever anybody's fault?

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