Arthur Miller Quotes

 

I think it’s a mistake to ever look for hope outside of one’s self.

 

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

— Arthur Miller

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.

— Arthur Miller

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

— Arthur Miller

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.

— Arthur Miller

Betrayal is the only truth that sticks.

— Arthur Miller

Let you look sometimes for the goodness in me, and judge me not.

— Arthur Miller

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

— Arthur Miller

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.

— Arthur Miller

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.

— Arthur Miller

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.

— Arthur Miller

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.

— Arthur Miller

I’m the end of the line; absurd and appalling as it may seem, serious New York theater has died in my lifetime.

— Arthur Miller

Man must shape his tools lest they shape him.

— Arthur Miller

I think it’s a mistake to ever look for hope outside of one’s self.

— Arthur Miller

Where choice begins, Paradise ends, innocence ends, for what is Paradise but the absence of any need to choose this action?

— Arthur Miller

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

— Arthur Miller

You cannot catch a child’s spirit by running after it; you must stand still and for love it will soon itself return.

— Arthur Miller

You specialize in something until one day you find it is specializing in you.

— Arthur Miller

All we are is a lot of talking nitrogen.

— Arthur Miller

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.

— Arthur Miller

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.

— Arthur Miller

I know that my works are a credit to this nation and I dare say they will endure longer than the McCarran Act.

— Arthur Miller

I have made more friends for American culture than the State Department. Certainly I have made fewer enemies, but that isn’t very difficult.

— Arthur Miller

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

— Arthur Miller

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

— Arthur Miller

If I see an ending, I can work backward.

— Arthur Miller

A playwright lives in an occupied country. And if you can’t live that way you don’t stay.

— Arthur Miller

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.

— Arthur Miller

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.

— Arthur Miller

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.

— Arthur Miller

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.

— Arthur Miller

Without alienation, there can be no politics.

— Arthur Miller

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

— Arthur Miller

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.

— Arthur Miller

Everybody likes a kidder, but nobody lends him money.

— Arthur Miller

A suicide kills two people, Maggie, that’s what it’s for!

— Arthur Miller

Never fight fair with a stranger, boy. You’ll never get out of the jungle that way.

— Arthur Miller

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.

— Arthur Miller

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?

— Arthur Miller

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.

— Arthur Miller

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