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Authors & Writing
Engrave this Quote 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.
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-Lillian Hellman
Engrave this Quote If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don't listen to writers talking about writing or themselves.
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-Lillian Hellman
Desires
Engrave this Quote Nobody knows what you want except you. And nobody will be as sorry as you if you don't get it. Wanting some other way to live is proof enough of deserving it. Having it is hard work, but not having it is sheer hell.
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-Lillian Hellman
Equality
Engrave this Quote Since when do you have to agree with people to defend them from injustice?
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-Lillian Hellman, (attributed)
Fame
Engrave this Quote It is a mark of many famous people that they cannot part with their brightest hour.
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-Lillian Hellman
Fashion
Engrave this Quote I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions
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-Lillian Hellman, Letter to House Un-American Activities Committee, May 19, 1952
Gossip
Engrave this Quote It's an indulgence to sit in a room and discuss your beliefs as if they were a juicy piece of gossip.
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-Lillian Hellman, Watch on the Rhine, act 2 character Sara Muller
Guilt
Engrave this Quote For every man who lives without freedom, the rest of us must face the guilt.
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-Lillian Hellman, The Watch on the Rhine, 1941
Intelligence
Engrave this Quote 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.
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-Lillian Hellman
Poverty
Engrave this Quote You lose your manners when you're poor.
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-Lillian Hellman
Success & Failure
Engrave this Quote Was it always in my nature to take a bad time and block out the good times, until any success becomes an accident and failure seemed the only truth?
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-Lillian Hellman

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