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Lillian Hellman Quotes and Sayings

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

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

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

God forgives those who invent what they need.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.
- 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

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

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

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

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

Simply do your best, and you will avoid
self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
- don Miguel Ruiz PHOTO

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu PHOTO

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller PHOTO

The best and most beautiful things in the world
cannot be seen or even touched.
They must be felt with the heart.
- Helen Keller

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

Life is best when I wish neither to hurry the future nor to slow it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The best cure for our own self-inflicted suffering
is often service to others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The best way to cheer yourself
is to try to cheer someone else up.
- Mark Twain

You may call God love, you may call God goodness.
But the best name for God is compassion.
- Meister Eckhart

Knowing your own darkness is the best method
for dealing with the darknesses of other people.
- Carl Jung

Best Friends: we're a parade - even by ourselves!
- Mary Anne Radmacher

May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours.
- Irish Blessing

A common denominator of all religions is that
they have the power to bring out the best and the worst in people.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Speak when you are angry -
and you will make the best speech you'll ever regret.
- Laurence J. Peter

Do not look for approval
except for the consciousness of doing your best.
- Andrew Carnegie

We fear both the best and the worst in life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Die when I may, I want it said by those who knew me best
that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower
where I thought a flower would grow.
- Abraham Lincoln

If a man empties his purse into his head,
no man can take it away from him.
An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
- Benjamin Franklin

The fox has many tricks.
The hedgehog has but one.
But that is the best of all.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

He who knows best knows how little he knows.
- Thomas Jefferson

The best road to progress is freedom's road.
- John F. Kennedy

The greatest harm can result from the best intentions.
- Terry Goodkind

There are some things you learn best in calm,
and some in storm.
- Willa Cather

Write it on your heart that every day
is the best day in the year.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The best is yet to come.
- Ernest Holmes

The Four Agreements
1.Be impeccable with your word.
2.Don't take anything personally.
3.Don't make assumptions.
4.Always do your best.
- don Miguel Ruiz

The price of success is hard work,
dedication to the job at hand,
and the determination that whether we win or lose,
we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.
- Vince Lombardi

Use what talents you possess.
The woods would be very silent
if no birds sang there,
except those that sang best.
- Henry Van Dyke

A man's good name is his best monument
- from an old churchyard at Lockerbie, Scotland

Do the best you can. Be proud of your accomplishments -
without comparing yourself to others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you're doing your best,
you won't have any time to worry about failure.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

When you do your best
you learn to accept yourself
- don Miguel Ruiz

The best of a book is not the thought which it contains,
but the thought which it suggests;
just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones
but in the echoes of our hearts.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Success comes from knowing that
you did your best to become the best
that you are capable of becoming.
- John Wooden

Health is the greatest gift,
contentment the greatest wealth,
faithfulness the best relationship.
- The Buddha

Be the best that you can be.
- Anonymous

Success has a simple formula:
do your best, and people may like it.
- Sam Ewing

The best way to predict the future is to create it.
- Peter F. Drucker

Self-care is critical to having a strong inner foundation.
Taking good care of YOU means the people in your life
will receive the best of you rather than what is left of you.
- Lorraine Cohen

When the best leader's work is done the people say,
"We did it ourselves."
- Lao Tzu

Ones best success comes after their greatest disappointments.
- Henry Ward Beecher

I do the very best I know how -
the very best I can;
and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.
- Abraham Lincoln

In times of great stress or adversity,
it's always best to keep busy,
to plow your anger and your energy
into something positive.
- Lee Iacocca

Doing your best is taking the action because you love it,
not because you're expecting a reward
- don Miguel Ruiz

If a man does his best, what else is there?
- George S. Patton


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