"It is not good to see people who have been pretending strength all their lives lose it even for a minute."
"We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot."Lillian Hellman on Eleanor Roosevelt
"That which does not kill us makes us stronger."Lillian Hellman on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."Lillian Hellman on Helen Keller
"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men."Lillian Hellman on John F. Kennedy
"The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places."Lillian Hellman on Ernest Hemingway
"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."
"Failure in the theater is more dramatic and uglier than any other form of writing. It costs so much, you feel so guilty."
"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."