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If you are willing to take the punishment, you're halfway through the battle. That the issues may be trivial, the battle ugly, is another point.
- Lillian Hellman | Critics and Criticism Quotes
Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.
- Lillian Hellman | Cynicism Quotes
Most people coming out of war feel lost and resentful. What had been a minute-to-minute confrontation with yourself, your struggle with what courage you have against discomfort, at the least, and death at the other end, ties you to the people you have known in the war and makes for a time others seem alien and frivolous.
- Lillian Hellman | War Quotes
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 | Writers and Writing Quotes
I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions.
- Lillian Hellman | Happiness Quotes
Nothing you write, if you hope to be any good, will ever come out as you first hoped.
- Lillian Hellman | Acceptance Quotes
Was it always my nature to take a bad time and block out the good times, until any success became an accident and failure seemed the only truth?
- Lillian Hellman | Forgiveness Quotes
I like people who refuse to speak until they are ready to speak.
- Lillian Hellman | Self-Control Quotes
It is best to act with confidence, no matter how little right you have to it.
- Lillian Hellman | Self-Confidence Quotes
Was it always my nature to take a bad time and block out the good times, until any success became an accident and failure seemed the only truth?
- Lillian Hellman | The Past Quotes
The past with its pleasures, its rewards, its foolishness, its punishments, is there for each of us forever, and it should be.
- Lillian Hellman | The Past Quotes
It is best to act with confidence, no matter how little right you have to it.
- Lillian Hellman | Positive Quotes
People change and forget to tell each other.
- Lillian Hellman | Change Quotes
Decisions, particularly important ones, have always made me sleepy, perhaps because I know that I will have to make them by instinct, and thinking things out is only what other people tell me I should do.
- Lillian Hellman | Decisions Quotes
Decisions, particularly important ones, have always made me sleepy, perhaps because I know that I will have to make them by instinct, and thinking things out is only what other people tell me I should do.
- Lillian Hellman | Decisions Quotes
Decisions, particularly important ones, have always made me sleepy, perhaps because I know that I will have to make them by instinct, and thinking things out is only what other people tell me I should do.
- Lillian Hellman | Instincts Quotes
I will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions.
- Lillian Hellman | Right Quotes
Nothing you write, if you hope to be any good, will ever come out as you first hoped.
- Lillian Hellman | Perfection Quotes


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