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Lillian Hellman Quotes and Sayings
Quotes by Lillian Hellman

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

It is best to act with confidence, no matter how little right you have to it.
- Lillian Hellman

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

Things start out as hopes and end up as habits.
- Lillian Hellman

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

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

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


 

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

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

My father was often angry when I was most like him.
- Lillian Hellman

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

You lose your manners when you are poor.
- Lillian Hellman

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

People change and forget to tell each other.
- Lillian Hellman

God forgives those who invent what they need.
- Lillian Hellman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.
- Lillian Hellman

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

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

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

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy
is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet,
alone with the heavens, nature and God.
Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be.
- Anne Frank

Let us touch the dying, the poor,
the lonely and the unwanted
according to the graces we have received
and let us not be ashamed
or slow to do the humble work.
- Mother Teresa

If I am a legend, then why am I so lonely?
- Judy Garland

If you are lonely when you're alone, you are in bad company.
- Jean-Paul Sartre

When you are alone you are not alone,
you are simply lonely -
and there is a tremendous difference
between loneliness and aloneness.
When you are lonely you are thinking of the other,
you are missing the other.
Loneliness is a negative state.
You are feeling that it would have been
better if the other were there -
your friend, your wife, your mother,
your beloved, your husband.
It would have been good if the other
were there, but the other is not.
Loneliness is absence of the other.
Aloneness is the presence of oneself.
Aloneness is very positive.
It is a presence, overflowing presence.
You are so full of presence
that you can fill the whole universe
with your presence and there is no need for anybody.
- Osho

Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.
- Khalil Gibran

The snow itself is lonely or, if you prefer,
self-sufficient.
There is no other time when the whole world seems composed
of one thing and one thing only.
- Joseph Wood Krutch

Dreams have only one owner at a time.
That's why dreamers are lonely.
- Erma Bombeck

Nothing makes us so lonely as our secrets.
- Paul Tournier

I have never found a companion that was
so companionable as solitude.
We are for the most part more lonely
when we go abroad among men
than when we stay in our chambers.
A man thinking or working is always alone,
let him be where he will.
- Henry David Thoreau

It is strange to be known so universally
and yet to be so lonely.
- Albert Einstein

Loneliness is not what it seems.
One does not feel lonely because one is alone,
but because of a feeling of lack -
a feeling that something is missing.
Loneliness is essentially independent
of how many other humans are around.
It has much more to do with one's self-esteem -
one's sense of inherent worth.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Fame always brings loneliness.
Success is as ice cold and lonely as the North Pole.
- Vicki Baum

It is very lonely sometimes, trying to play God.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

To the solemn graves, near a lonely cemetery,
my heart like a muffled drum is beating funeral marches.
- Charles Baudelaire

I've put in as many as 40 weeks a year on stage.
It is lonely and restricted, as all artistic life must necessarily be.
- Lillie Langtry

I've sold my soul for freedom.
It's lonely but it's sweet.
- Melissa Etheridge

It's a vast, lonely, forbidding expanse of nothing
rather like clouds and clouds of pumice stone.
And it certainly does not appear to be a very inviting place to live or work.
- Frank Borman

I had never felt so lonely and so sad in my entire life.
- Susan Smith

Most performers don't admit this, because it sounds
negative and performers are not supposed to be negative,
but when I was on the road, I was lonely.
- Tom Glazer

True artists are prophets.
I don't want to be that prophetic in that sense because it's so lonely.
- Yoko Ono

At times in my life, I have been utterly lonely.
At other times, I've had disgusting infectious diseases.
Try admitting these things in our culture.
- Martha Beck

As far as I knew white women were never lonely,
except in books.
White men adored them, Black men desired them and Black women worked for them.
- Maya Angelou

Being prime minister is a lonely job...
you cannot lead from the crowd.
- Margaret Thatcher

Pioneers may be picturesque figures,
but they are often rather lonely ones.
- Nancy Astor

On the other hand, I mean, that is what writers have
always been supposed to do,
was to rely on their own devices and to -
I mean,
writing is a lonely business.
- Donna Tartt

That process by which you become a writer is a pretty lonely one.
We don't have a group apprenticeship like a violinist
might training for an orchestra.
- Anne Rice

I'm never getting too lonely because it's the kind
of disease where you might sit in front of the TV with three bags of biscuits,
rather than communicate with the world.
- Geri Halliwell

If you are afraid of being lonely, don't try to be right.
- Jules Renard

When so many are lonely as seem to be lonely,
it would be inexcusably selfish to be lonely alone.
- Tennessee Williams

My major regret in life is that my childhood was unnecessarily lonely.
- Truman Capote

It is a very lonely life that a man leads,
who becomes aware of truths before their times.
- Thomas Reed

Always give a word or sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend,
or even a stranger, if in a lonely place.
- Tecumseh

I need family support close because when you go to work,
they are long days and it can get lonely.
- Joe Lando

No man is lonely eating spaghetti; it requires so much attention.
- Christopher Morley

Only the lonely know the way I feel tonight.
- Roy Orbison

Writing is an incredibly lonely job.
- R. A. Salvatore

New York is tough on lonely people.
- Michael Bergin

It is usually expensive and lonely to be principled.
- Paul Theroux

How lonely it is going to be now on the Yellow Brick Road.
- Ray Bolger

In reading, a lonely quiet concert is given to our minds;
all our mental faculties will be present in this symphonic exaltation.
- Stephane Mallarme

I don't like being out of the crowd.
It's lonely within a group.
- Julie Walters

I was lonely driving here tonight so I hugged the road.
- Jay London

I am happy as happiness goes, for a woman who has so
many memories and who lives the lonely life of an actress.
- Lillie Langtry

Judging is a lonely job in which a man is,
as near as may be, an island entire.
- Abe Fortas


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