Arthur Miller Quotes (28 quotations)

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1. A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself. - Arthur Miller

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

3. A playwright lives in an occupied country. And if you can't live that way you don't stay. - Arthur Miller

4. All we are is a lot of talking nitrogen. - Arthur Miller

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

6. Cleave to no faith when faith brings blood. - Arthur Miller

7. Everybody likes a kidder, but nobody lends him money. - Arthur Miller

8. 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. - Arthur Miller

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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

13. I understand [Willy Loman's] longing for immortality Willy's writing his name in a cake of ice on a hot day, but he wishes he were writing in stone. - Arthur Miller

14. If I see an ending, I can work backward. - Arthur Miller

15. 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

16. Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets. - Arthur Miller

17. 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

18. 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. - Arthur Miller

19. 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

20. 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

21. 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

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

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

24. 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

25. 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

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