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Quotations From LILLIAN HELLMAN

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  • 1.
    It's an indulgence to sit in a room and discuss your beliefs as if they were a juicy piece of gossip.
    Lillian Hellman (1907-1984), U.S. playwright. Sara Müller, in Watch on the Rhine, act 2.
  • 2.
    The world is out of shape ... when there are hungry men.
    Lillian Hellman (1905-1984), U.S. playwright and memoirist. Watch on the Rhine, Act 3 (1941). Spoken by the character named Kurt Muller.

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  • 3.
    ... some people are democrats by choice, and some by necessity.
    Lillian Hellman (1905-1984), U.S. playwright and memoirist. Another Part of the Forest, Act 2 (1946). Said by the character named Marcus Hubbard, a member of a distinguished Alabama family in the year 1880.

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  • 4.
    Success isn't everything but it makes a man stand straight.
    Lillian Hellman (1905-1984), U.S. playwright. Julian, in Toys in the Attic, act 1 (1959).

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  • 5.
    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.
    Lillian Hellman (1907-1984), U.S. playwright. An Unfinished Woman, ch. 13, entry for April 30, 1967 (1969).

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  • 6.
    It is a mark of many famous people that they cannot part with their brightest hour.
    Lillian Hellman (1905-1984), U.S. playwright. "Theatre," Pentimento (1973).

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  • 7.
    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 (1905-1984), U.S. playwright. New York Times (Feb. 21, 1960).
  • 8.
    It is a mark of many famous people that they cannot part with their brightest hour.
    Lillian Hellman (1905-1984), U.S. playwright. "Theatre," Pentimento (1973).

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  • 9.
    I'm good at embroidery. It's what I always wanted to do.... Yep, instead of whoring, I just wanted to do fancy embroidery.
    Lillian Hellman (1905-1984), U.S. playwright and memoirist. Another Part of the Forest, Act 2 (1946). Spoken by the character named Laurette Sincee. Engaged to marry Oscar Hubbard, a member of a distinguished Alabama family in 1880, she is telling her betrothed of her career ambitions. "Laurette is about twenty, pig-face cute, a little too fashionably dressed."
  • 10.
    You can always spot clothes made in a good place.
    Lillian Hellman (1905-1984), U.S. playwright and memoirist. The Little Foxes, Act 1 (1939). Spoken by the character named Leo Hubbard, the son of a distinguished American Southern family at the turn of the century.
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