Trumbo at House Un-American Activities Committee hearings, 1947
|Born||James Dalton Trumbo
December 9, 1905
Montrose, Colorado, U.S.
|Died||September 10, 1976
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Spouse||Cleo Beth Fincher
(1938â€“1976; his death)
Dishonesty in government is the business of every citizen. It is not enough to do your own job. There's no particular virtue in that. Democracy isn't a gift. It's a responsibility.
We'll free every slave in every town and region. Can anybody get a bigger army than that?
Democracy means that people can say what they want to. All the people. It means that they can vote as they wish. All the people. It means that they can worship God in any way they feel right, and that includes Christians and Jews and voodoo doctors as well.
Everybody now seems to be talking about democracy. I don't understand this. As I think of it, democracy isn't like a Sunday suit to be brought out and worn only for parades. It's the kind of a life a decent man leads, it's something to live for and to die for.
The only interesting thing that can happen in a Swiss bedroom is suffocation by feather mattress.
A good businessman never makes a contract unless he's sure he can carry it through, yet every fool on earth is perfectly willing to sign a marriage contract without considering whether he can live up to it or not.
One of the disadvantages of being a patrician is that occasionally you're obliged to act like one.
I never considered the working class anything other than something to get out of.
The only kind of love worth having is the kind that goes on living and laughing and fighting and loving.
The chief internal enemies of any state are those public officials who betray the trust imposed upon them by the people.
Now the truth of the matter is that there are a lot of things people don't understand. Take the Einstein theory. Take taxes. Take love. Do you understand them? Neither do I. But they exist. They happen.
I am one day going to be working openly in the motion picture industry. When that day comes, I swear to you that I will never sign a term contract with any major studio.
I will, proudly and by preference, do at least one picture a year for King Brothers, and I will try to make it the best picture that I have it in me to do.
Privately, I believe in none of them. Neither do you. Publicly, I believe in them all.