Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.

— Arthur Miller

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The problem was to sustain at any cost the feeling you had in the theater that you were watching a real person, yes, but an intense condensation of his experience, not simply a realistic series of episodes.

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I think the job of the artist is to remind people of what they have chosen to forget.

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We are what we always were in Salem, but now the little crazy children are jangling the keys of the kingdom, and common vengeance writes the law!

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I speak my own sins; I cannot judge another. I have no tongue for it.

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The concentration camp is the final expression of human separateness and its ultimate consequence. It is organized abandonment.

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An era can be said to end when its basic illusions are exhausted.

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The structure of a play is always the story of how the birds came home to roost.

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A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself.

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No one wants the truth if it is inconvenient.

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A character is defined by the kinds of challenges he cannot walk away from.

And by those he has walked away from that cause him remorse.

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Work a lifetime to pay off a house You finally own it and there's nobody to live in it.

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When irrational terror takes to itself the fiat of moral goodness somebody has to die. ... No man lives who has not got a panic button, and when it is pressed by the clean white hand of moral duty, a certain murderous train is set in motion.

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About Arthur Miller

Quotes 213 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Playwright
Birthday October 16

The apple cannot be stuck back on the Tree of Knowledge;

once we begin to see, we are doomed and challenged to seek the strength to see more, not less.

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I have made more friends for American culture than the State Department.

Certainly I have made fewer enemies, but that isn't very difficult.

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I figure I've done what I could do, more or less, and now I'm going back to being a chemical; all we are is a lot of talking nitrogen, you know.

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The job is to ask questions-it always was-and to ask them as inexorably as I can. And to face the absence of precise answers with a certain humility.

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The arts can do more to sustain the peace than all the wars, the armaments, and the threats and warnings of politicians.

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And yet one can't forever stand on the shore;

at some point, even if filled with indecision, skepticism, reservation and doubt, you either jump in or concede that life is forever elsewhere.

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Certainly the most diverse, if minor, pastime of literary life is the game of Find the Author.

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The theater is so endlessly fascinating because it's so accidental. It's so much like life.

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By whatever means it is accomplished, the prime business of a play is to arouse the passions of its audience so that by the route of passion may be opened up new relationships between a man and men, and between men and Man. Drama is akin to the other inventions of man in that it ought to help us to know more, and not merely to spend our feelings.

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Playwriting is an oral art; it's not an art of a writer expecting to be read but a writer expecting to be heard.

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Suicide kills two people.

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Until an hour before the Devil fell, God thought him beautiful in Heaven.

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Few of us can easily surrender our belief that society must somehow make sense.

The thought that the State has lost its mind and is punishing so many innocent people is intolerable. And so the evidence has to be internally denied.

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The best of our theater is standing on tiptoe, striving to see over the shoulders of father and mother. The worst is exploiting and wallowing in the self-pity of adolescence and obsessive keyhole sexuality. The way out, as the poet says, is always through.

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What is the most innocent place in any country? Is it not the insane asylum? These people drift through life truly innocent, unable to see into themselves at all.

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Can anyone remember love? It's like trying to summon up the smell of roses in a cellar. You might see a rose, but never the perfume.

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The task of the real intellectual consists of analyzing illusions in order to discover their causes.

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A play is made by sensing how the forces in life simulate ignorance-you set free the concealed irony, the deadly joke.

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Without alienation, there can be no politics.

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... vulgarity has no nation.

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The Crucible became by far my most frequently produced play, both abroad and at home. Its meaning is somewhat different in different places and moments. I can almost tell what the political situation in a country is when the play is suddenly a hit there it is either a warning of tyranny on the way or a reminder of tyranny just past.

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Oh,Elizabeth, your justice would freeze beer.

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Great drama is great questions or it is nothing but technique.

I could not imagine a theater worth my time that did not want to change the world.

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If I have any justification for having lived it's simply, I'm nothing but faults, failures and so on, but I have tried to make a good pair of shoes. There's some value in that.

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Glamour, that trans-human aura or power to attract imitation, is a kind of vessel into which dreams are poured, and some vessels are simply worthier than others... A beautiful woman can turn heads but real glamour has a deeper pull... Glamour is the power to rearrange people's emotions, which, in effect, is the power to control one's environment.

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And old Dave, he'd go up to his room, y'understand, put on his green velvet slippers - I'll never forget - and pick up his phone and call the buyers, and without leaving his room, at the age of eighty-four, he made his living. And when I saw that, I realized that selling was the greatest career a man could want.

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Self-realization and self-fulfilment are the sine qua non for human existence.

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I'm sure there are writers who are great businessmen, but I never met any.

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A child's spirit is like a child, you can never catch it by running after it;

you must stand still, and, for love, it will soon itself come back.

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One had the right to write because other people needed news of the inner world, and if they went too long without such news they would go mad with the chaos of their lives.

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In America, any man who is not a reactionary in his views is open to the charge of alliance with the Red hell.

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When any creativity becomes useful, it is sucked into the vortex of commercialism, and when a thing becomes commercial, it becomes the enemy of man.

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The two greatest plays ever written were Hamlet and Oedipus Rex, and they're both about father-son relationships.

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The closer a man approaches tragedy the more intense is his concentration of emotion upon the fixed point of his commitment, which is to say the closer he approaches what in life we call fanaticism.

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I love her too, but our neuroses just don't match.

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Just remember, kid, you can quicker get back a million dollars that was stole than a word that you gave away.

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Now hell and heaven grapple on our backs and all our old pretense is ripped away. Aye, and God's icy wind will blow.

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