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Powerful quotes by Lillian Hellman on relationship, belief, hope, truth, and other things.

13 Powerful Quotes By Lillian Hellman, The Author Of The Children’s Hour

Quick Facts

Famous As: Dramatist and Screenwriter

Born On: June 20, 1905

Died On: June 30, 1984

Born In: New Orleans, Louisiana

Died At Age: 79

Lillian Florence Hellman, better known as Lilly Hellman was an American screenwriter and playwright. She was well-known for her left wing po-litical views and was a noted political activist during her life time. As one of America’s leading playwrights, she authored plenty of plays on Broadway and some of the most well-known ones include ‘Toys in the Attic’, ‘The Children’s Hour’, ‘Another Part of the Forest’, ‘Watch on the Rhine’ and ‘The Little Foxes’ among others. Eventually, she graduated to Hollywood and became a well-known screenwriter, who delivered plenty of successful movies. However, it was as a political activist and her left wing views that she became far more famous and in fact, her career in Hollywood suffered due to her association with those activities. It was widely believed that she was member of the Communist Party, despite that not being the case and she was blacklisted. However, as is the case with most political activists, she was frank about her views on politics, society, economy and equality and throughout her life, she delivered plenty of quotes. Here is a collection of quotes and sayings from Lillian Hellman’s life and works. 
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People change and forget to tell each other.

Lillian Hellman

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

Lillian Hellman

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.

Lillian Hellman

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

Lillian Hellman

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

Lillian Hellman

I'm too old to recover, too narrow to forgive myself.

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

Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.

Lillian Hellman

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

Lillian Hellman

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

Lillian Hellman

Writers are interesting people, but often mean and petty.

Lillian Hellman

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

Lillian Hellman

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

Lillian Hellman