Arthur Miller Quotes


 
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Best 58 Quotes by Arthur Miller – Page 1 of 2

“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.”

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

“Betrayal is the only truth that sticks.”

“Don't be seduced into thinking that that which does not make a profit is without value.”

“Everything we are is at every moment alive in us.”

“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 believe in work. If somebody doesn't create something, however small it may be, he gets sick. An awful lot of people feel that they're treading water – that if they vanished in smoke, it wouldn't mean anything at all in this world. And that's a despairing and destructive feeling. It'll kill you.”

“If a person measures his spiritual fulfillment in terms of cosmic visions, surpassing peace of mind, or ecstasy, then he is not likely to know much spiritual fulfillment. If, however, he measures it in terms of enjoying a sunrise, being warmed by a child's smile, or being able to help someone have a better day, then he is likely to know much spiritual fulfillment. ”

“If I have to be alone I want to be by myself.”

“If you believe that life is worth living then your belief will create the fact.”

“The best work that anybody ever writes is the work that is on the verge of embarrassing him, always.”

“The two most common elements in the world are hydrogen and stupidity.”

“The very impulse to write springs from an inner chaos crying for order – for meaning.”

A View from the Bridge Quotes

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

A View from the Bridge

“You can quicker get back a million dollars that was stolen than a word that you gave away.”

A View from the Bridge

All My Sons Quotes

“Every man does have a star. The star of one's honesty. And you spend your life groping for it, but once it's out it never lights again. I don't think he went very far. He probably just wanted to be alone to watch his star go out.”

All My Sons

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“I don't know why it is, but every time I reach out for something I want, I have to pull back because other people will suffer.”

All My Sons

“I know you're no worse than most men but I thought you were better. I never saw you as a man. I saw you as my father.”

All My Sons

“You don't realize how people can hate, they can hate so much they'll tear the world to pieces.”

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Death of a Salesman Quotes

“A man is not a bird, to come and go with the springtime.”

Death of a Salesman

“A small man can be just as exhausted as a great man.”

Death of a Salesman

“After all the highways, and the trains, and the appointments, and the years, you end up worth more dead than alive.”

Death of a Salesman

“Be loving to him. Because he’s only a little boat looking for a harbor.”

Death of a Salesman

“I don't say he's a great man. Willie Loman never made a lot of money. His name was never in the paper. 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. He's not to be allowed to fall in his grave like an old dog. Attention, attention must finally be paid to such a person.”

Death of a Salesman

“I realized what a ridiculous lie my whole life has been.”

Death of a Salesman

“I stopped in the middle of that building and I saw — the sky. I saw the things that I love in this world. The work and the food and time time to sit and smoke. And I looked at the pen and said to myself, what the hell am I grabbing this for? Why am I trying to become what I don't want to be? What am I doing in an office, making a contemptuous, begging fool of myself, when all I want is out there, waiting for me the minute I say I know who I am! Why can't I say that, Willy?”

Death of a Salesman

“It's a measly manner of existence. To get on that subway on the hot mornings in summer. To devote your whole life to keeping stock, or making phone calls, or selling or buying. To suffer fifty weeks of the year for a two week vacation, when all you really desire is to be outdoors, with your shirt off. And still-that's how you build a future.”

Death of a Salesman

“Nobody dast blame this man. You don’t understand: Willy was a salesman. And for a salesman, there’s no rock bottom to the life. He don’t put a bolt to a nut, he don’t tell you the law or give you medicine. He’s a man way out there in the blue riding on a smile and a shoeshine. And when they start not smiling back — that’s an earthquake. And then you get yourself a couple spots on your hat and your finished. Nobody dast blame this man. A salesman is got to dream boy, it comes with the territory.”

Death of a Salesman

“Pop, I'm nothing! I'm nothing, Pop. Can't you understand that? There's no spite in it any more. I'm just what I am, that's all.”

Death of a Salesman

“See, Biff, everybody around me is so false that I'm constantly lowering my ideals...”

Death of a Salesman

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