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Published Wednesday, June 20, 2012 @ 12:00 AM EDT
Jun 20 2012

Lillian Florence "Lilly" Hellman (June 20, 1905 – June 30, 1984) was an American author of plays, screenplays, and memoirs and throughout her life, was linked with many left-wing political causes. (Full Wikipedia article)

A man should be jailed for telling lies to the young.

Cocaine isn't habit-forming. I should know- I've been using it for years.

Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.

Decision by democratic majority vote is a fine form of government, but it's a stinking way to create.

For every man who lives without freedom, the rest of us must face the guilt.

I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions, even though I long ago came to the conclusion that I was not a political person and could have no comfortable place in any political group.

I do not believe in recovery. The past with its pleasures, its rewards, its foolishness, its punishments, is there for each of us forever, and it should be.

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

I live in a room and I go to work and I play a game called getting through the day while you wait for the night.

I'm too old to recover, too narrow to forgive myself.

If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don't listen to writers talking about writing or themselves.

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.

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

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

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

It's a sad day when you find out that it's not accident or time or fortune, but just yourself that kept things from you.

It's an indulgence to sit in a room and discuss your beliefs as if they were a juicy piece of gossip.

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

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

Nothing, of course, begins at the time you think it did.

People change and forget to tell each other.

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

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

You lose your manners when you're poor.

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