Dalton Trumbo

(James Dalton Trumbo)

Dalton Trumbo
Dalton Trumbo
  • Born: December 9, 1905
  • Died: September 10, 1976
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Novelist

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James Dalton Trumbo was an American screenwriter and novelist who scripted many award-winning films including Roman Holiday, Exodus, Spartacus, and Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo. One of the Hollywood Ten, he refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1947 during the committee's investigation of Communist influences in the motion picture industry. He, along with the other members of the Hollywood Ten and hundreds of other industry professionals, was subsequently blacklisted by that industry.

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Democracy means that people can say what they want to. All the people. It means that they can vote as they wish. All the people. It means that they can worship God in any way they feel right, and that includes Christians and Jews and voodoo doctors as well. Religion & God ;Democracies & Republics
I was convicted of Contempt of Congress which was a just verdict for I had extensive contempt for that Congress and a few other subsequent ones. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
If you give most people the choice between food and the other necessities of life and Freedom of Speech, few will fight for Freedom of Speech. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
I'm not a fool and when I swap my life for liberty I've got to know in advance what liberty is, and whose idea of liberty we're talking about and just how much of that liberty we're going to have. Freedom & Liberty
No sir, anybody who went out and got into the front line trenches to fight for liberty was a goddamn fool and the guy who got him there was a liar. War & Peace
People joined the Communist Party because it was doing something. It was fighting Fascism. Political Parties & Machines
Share and share alike, that's democracy. Democracies & Republics
There's nothing noble about dying. Not even if you die for honor. Not even if you die the greatest hero the world ever saw. Not even if you're so great your name will never be forgotten and who's that great? The most important thing is your life, little guys. You're worth nothing dead except for speeches. There's nothing noble about dying. Not even if you die for honor. Not even if you die the greatest hero the world ever saw. Not even if you're so great your name will never be forgotten and who's that great? The most important thing is your life, little guys. You're worth nothing dead except for speeches. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
This blacklisting is going to collapse because it is rotten, immoral and illegal. I am one day going to be working openly in the motion picture industry. When that day comes, I swear to you that I will never sign a term contract with any major studio. Propaganda & Disinformation
We are not guaranteed happiness. We are only guaranteed the right to pursue it. Liberals & Conservatives
You can always hear the people who are willing to sacrifice somebody else's life. They're plenty loud and they talk all the time. You can find them in churches and schools and newspapers and legislatures and congress. That's their business. They sound wonderful. Death before dishonor. This ground sanctified by blood. These men who died so gloriously. They shall not have died in vain. Our noble dead. War & Peace
A good businessman never makes a contract unless he's sure he can carry it through, yet every fool on earth is perfectly willing to sign a marriage contract without considering whether he can live up to it or not. Families, Children & Parenting
Dishonesty in government is the business of every citizen. It is not enough to do your own job. There's no particular virtue in that. Democracy isn't a gift. It's a responsibility. Government ;Business, Commerce & Finance
Everybody now seems to be talking about democracy. I don't understand this. As I think of it, democracy isn't like a Sunday suit to be brought out and worn only for parades. It's the kind of a life a decent man leads, it's something to live for and to die for. Life
I am one day going to be working openly in the motion picture industry. When that day comes, I swear to you that I will never sign a term contract with any major studio.
I fought fire with oil.
I never considered the working class anything other than something to get out of.
I will, proudly and by preference, do at least one picture a year for King Brothers, and I will try to make it the best picture that I have it in me to do.
Now the truth of the matter is that there are a lot of things people don't understand. Take the Einstein theory. Take taxes. Take love. Do you understand them? Neither do I. But they exist. They happen. Truth ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
One of the disadvantages of being a patrician is that occasionally you're obliged to act like one.
Privately, I believe in none of them. Neither do you. Publicly, I believe in them all.
The chief internal enemies of any state are those public officials who betray the trust imposed upon them by the people. Trust
The only interesting thing that can happen in a Swiss bedroom is suffocation by feather mattress.
The only kind of love worth having is the kind that goes on living and laughing and fighting and loving. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
We'll free every slave in every town and region. Can anybody get a bigger army than that?

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