Lillian Hellman

(Lillian Florence Hellman)

Lillian Hellman
Lillian Hellman
  • Born: June 20, 1905
  • Died: June 30, 1984
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Dramatist









Lillian Florence Hellman was an American dramatist and screenwriter known for her success as a playwright on Broadway, as well as her left-wing sympathies and political activism. She was blacklisted after her appearance before the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) at the height of the anti-communist campaigns of 1947–52. Although she continued to work on Broadway in the 1950s, her blacklisting by the American film industry caused a drop in her income. Many praised Hellman for refusing to answer questions by HUAC, but others believed, despite her denial, that she had belonged to the Communist Party.

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I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
I fight against Fascism; that is my trade. Propaganda & Disinformation
Truth made you a traitor as it often does in a time of scoundrels. Truth ;Time ;Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
Belief is a moral act for which the believer is to be held responsible.
Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth. Truth
Failure in the theater is more dramatic and uglier than any other form of writing. It costs so much, you feel so guilty. Failure
God forgives those who invent what they need. Religion & God
I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashion.
I like people who refuse to speak until they are ready to speak. Communication & Communications
If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don't listen to writers talking about writing or themselves.
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.
It is a mark of many famous people that they cannot part with their brightest hour. Fame
It is best to act with confidence, no matter how little right you have to it.
It is not good to see people who have been pretending strength all their lives lose it even for a minute.
Lonely people, in talking to each other, can make each other lonelier.
My father was often angry when I was most like him.
Nobody outside of a baby carriage or a judge's chamber believes in an unprejudiced point of view.
Nothing you write, if you hope to be good, will ever come out as you first hoped. Hope
People change and forget to tell each other. Relationships
Since when do we have to agree with people to defend them from injustice?
Success isn't everything but it makes a man stand straight. Success
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.
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.
Things start out as hopes and end up as habits. Hope
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.
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.
What a word is truth. Slippery, tricky, unreliable. I tried in these books to tell the truth. Truth
You lose your manners when you are poor.