"Failure in the theater is more dramatic and uglier than any other form of writing. It costs so much, you feel so guilty."
"Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."Lillian Hellman on Theodore Roosevelt
"I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying."Lillian Hellman on Michael Jordan
"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not the world is full of educated failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."Lillian Hellman on Calvin Coolidge
"My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure."Lillian Hellman on Abraham Lincoln
"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything - all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important."Lillian Hellman on Steve Jobs
"People change and forget to tell each other."
"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."
"It is a mark of many famous people that they cannot part with their brightest hour."
"Things start out as hopes and end up as habits."
"Nothing you write, if you hope to be good, will ever come out as you first hoped."