Arthur Miller

(Arthur Asher Miller)

Arthur Miller
Arthur Miller
  • Born: October 17, 1915
  • Died: February 10, 2005
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Playwright

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A campaign appearance is judged much like that of an actor. Is the performance persuasive? Not what is said, and I find that too bad. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself. Media, Journalism & The Press
A playwright can drop a little acid in the water and it washes away a lot of rust. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
And that's the wonder, the wonder of this country that a man can end with diamonds here on the basis of being liked. Human Nature
Democratic government is responsible government—which means accountable government--and the essential problem in contracting out is that responsibility and accountability are greatly diminished. Democracies & Republics
Every generation of Americans writes its own Constitution. Constitution / Bills & Declarations of Rights
I do not believe that any work of art can help but be diminished by its adherence at any cost to a political program ... and not for any other reason than that there is no political program -- any more than there is a theory of tragedy -- which can encompass the complexities of real life. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I don’t believe, and I never did, that a man has to become an informer to practice his profession. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
In executing prisoners we merely add to the number of untimely dead without diminishing the number of murders committed. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The product of Washington is politics. Other places produce steel. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
There’s a difference between a citizen and the President of the United States. The citizen can’t kill as many people. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
What we depend upon in a political leader is the fact that if necessary he will kill for us…. If he is not willing to shed blood we are afraid of him. He must protect us. Leaders & Leadership
When the guns boom, the arts die. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Where power is concerned, the theater enters. Power
Without alienation, there can be no politics. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
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. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
A playwright lives in an occupied country. And if you can't live that way you don't stay.
A suicide kills two people, Maggie, that's what it's for!
All we are is a lot of talking nitrogen.
Betrayal is the only truth that sticks. Truth
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. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Certainly the most diverse, if minor, pastime of literary life is the game of Find the Author. Life
Don't be seduced into thinking that that which does not make a profit is without value.
Everybody likes a kidder, but nobody lends him money. Money, Coins & Minting
He wants to live on through something-and in his case, his masterpiece is his son. all of us want that, and it gets more poignant as we get more anonymous in this world.
He's not the finest character that ever lived. But he's a human being, and a terrible thing is happening to him. So attention must be paid.
I cannot sleep for dreaming; I cannot dream but I wake and walk about the house as though I'd find you coming through some door.
I have made more friends for American culture than the State Department. Certainly I have made fewer enemies, but that isn't very difficult.
I know that my works are a credit to this nation and I dare say they will endure longer than the McCarran Act.
I love her too, but our neuroses just don't match. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I think it's a mistake to ever look for hope outside of one's self. Hope
I think now that the great thing is not so much the formulation of an answer for myself, for the theater, or the play-but rather the most accurate possible statement of the problem.
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.
If I see an ending, I can work backward. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I'm the end of the line; absurd and appalling as it may seem, serious New York theater has died in my lifetime.
In the theater, while you recognized that you were looking at a house, it was a house in quotation marks. On screen, the quotation marks tend to be blotted out by the camera.
It is my art. I am better at it than I ever was. And I will do it as long as I can. When you reach a certain age you can slough off what is unnecessary and concentrate on what is. And why not? Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Let you look sometimes for the goodness in me, and judge me not.
Man must shape his tools lest they shape him.
Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets. Life ;Hope
Never fight fair with a stranger, boy. You'll never get out of the jungle that way.
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. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
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. Life
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.
The number of elements that have to go into a hit would break a computer down. the right season for that play, the right historical moment, the right tonality.
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.
The structure of a play is always the story of how the birds came home to roost.
The theater is so endlessly fascinating because it's so accidental. It's so much like life. Life
Well, all the plays that I was trying to write were plays that would grab an audience by the throat and not release them, rather than presenting an emotion which you could observe and walk away from.
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. Life
Where choice begins, Paradise ends, innocence ends, for what is Paradise but the absence of any need to choose this action?
You cannot catch a child's spirit by running after it; you must stand still and for love it will soon itself return. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
You specialize in something until one day you find it is specializing in you.

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