Quotes by Lillian Hellman

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Lillian Florence Hellman (June 20, 1905 June 30, 1984) was an American playwright, romantically involved for thirty years with mystery writer Dashiell Hammett. She was also a long-time friend of poet Dorothy Parker. Her most famous works include The Children's Hour (1934), The Little Foxes (1939) and Toys in the Attic (1959).

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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.

I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions.
If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don't listen to writers talking about writing or themselves.
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.
You lose your manners when you're poor.
Intellectuals can tell themselves anything, sell themselves any bill of goods, which is why they were so often patsies for the ruling classes in nineteenth-century France and England, or twentieth-century Russia and America.
Since when do you have to agree with people to defend them from injustice?
It is a mark of many famous people that they cannot part with their brightest hour.
It's an indulgence to sit in a room and discuss your beliefs as if they were a juicy piece of gossip.
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?
People change and forget to tell each other.
Well, 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 it.
You do too much. Go and do nothing for a while. Nothing.

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