I am prepared to waive the privilege against self-incrimination and to tell you everything you wish to know about my views or actions if your committee will agree to refrain from asking me to name other people. If the committee is unwilling to give me this assurance, I will be forced to plead the privilege of the fifth amendment at the hearing.
Letter to The House Committee on Un-American Activities (May 21, 1952).
For every man who lives without freedom, the rest of us must face the guilt.Lillian Hellman
It is a mark of many famous people that they cannot part with their brightest hour.Lillian Hellman
Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.Lillian Hellman
Lonely people, in talking to each other can make each other lonelier.Lillian Hellman
A man should be jailed for telling lies to the young.Lillian Hellman
Nothing, of course, begins at the time you think it did.Lillian Hellman
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.Lillian Hellman
Today, when every form of perversion except masturbation and bestiality have been shown on the screen, Hellman, Wyler and the Mirisch Co. apparently thought a re-do of The Children's Hour would sell tickets if lesbianism were not only restored as the charge the evil child falsely brings, but also condoned... There is an explicit line of dialogue which asserts that those who choose to practice lesbianism are not destroyed by it — a claim disapproved by the number of lesbians who become insane and/or commit suicide.Lillian Hellman
Every word she writes is a lie, including and and the.Lillian Hellman
Hellman at American Masters (PBS)Lillian Hellman
People change and forget to tell each other.Lillian Hellman
You are reminded that this subject has a national reputation through her writings in which she has opposed Nazism and fascism. Under no circumstances should it be known that this bureau is conducting an investigation of her. It should be handled in a most discreet manner and under no circumstances should it be assigned to the local police or some other agency.Lillian Hellman