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Arthur Miller

Arthur Asher Miller (October 17, 1915 – February 10, 2005) was an American playwright and essayist. He was a prominent figure in American theatre, writing dramas that include plays such as All My Sons (1947), Death of a Salesman (1949), The Crucible (1953) and A View from the Bridge (one-act, 1955; revised two-act, 1956), as well as the film The Misfits (1961).
Miller was often in the public eye, particularly during the late 1940s, 1950s and early 1960s, a period during which he testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee, received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and was married to Marilyn Monroe. In 2002 he received the Prince of Asturias Award and in 2003 the Jerusalem Prize.





1. MAYBE ALL ONE CAN DO IS HOPE TO END UP WITH THE RIGHT REGRETS.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. BETRAYAL IS THE ONLY TRUTH THAT STICKS.
5. LET YOU LOOK SOMETIMES FOR THE GOODNESS IN ME, AND JUDGE ME NOT.
6. NEVER FIGHT FAIR WITH A STRANGER, BOY. YOU’LL NEVER GET OUT OF THE JUNGLE THAT WAY.
7. DON’T BE SEDUCED INTO THINKING THAT THAT WHICH DOES NOT MAKE A PROFIT IS WITHOUT VALUE.
8. 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.
9. A SUICIDE KILLS TWO PEOPLE, MAGGIE, THAT’S WHAT IT’S FOR!
10. THE THEATER IS SO ENDLESSLY FASCINATING BECAUSE IT’S SO ACCIDENTAL. IT’S SO MUCH LIKE LIFE.
11. IF I SEE AN ENDING, I CAN WORK BACKWARD.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. ALL WE ARE IS A LOT OF TALKING NITROGEN.
15. 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.
16. YOU SPECIALIZE IN SOMETHING UNTIL ONE DAY YOU FIND IT IS SPECIALIZING IN YOU.
17. A PLAYWRIGHT LIVES IN AN OCCUPIED COUNTRY. AND IF YOU CAN’T LIVE THAT WAY YOU DON’T STAY.
18. YOU CANNOT CATCH A CHILD’S SPIRIT BY RUNNING AFTER IT; YOU MUST STAND STILL AND FOR LOVE IT WILL SOON ITSELF RETURN.
19. A GOOD NEWSPAPER, I SUPPOSE, IS A NATION TALKING TO ITSELF.
20. 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.
21. WITHOUT ALIENATION, THERE CAN BE NO POLITICS.
22. MAN MUST SHAPE HIS TOOLS LEST THEY SHAPE HIM.
23. EVERYBODY LIKES A KIDDER, BUT NOBODY LENDS HIM MONEY.
24. I KNOW THAT MY WORKS ARE A CREDIT TO THIS NATION AND I DARE SAY THEY WILL ENDURE LONGER THAN THE MCCARRAN ACT.
25. WHERE CHOICE BEGINS, PARADISE ENDS, INNOCENCE ENDS, FOR WHAT IS PARADISE BUT THE ABSENCE OF ANY NEED TO CHOOSE THIS ACTION?
26. 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.
27. I HAVE MADE MORE FRIENDS FOR AMERICAN CULTURE THAN THE STATE DEPARTMENT. CERTAINLY I HAVE MADE FEWER ENEMIES, BUT THAT ISN’T VERY DIFFICULT.
28. 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.
29. I THINK IT’S A MISTAKE TO EVER LOOK FOR HOPE OUTSIDE OF ONE’S SELF.
30. CERTAINLY THE MOST DIVERSE, IF MINOR, PASTIME OF LITERARY LIFE IS THE GAME OF FIND THE AUTHOR.
31. I LOVE HER TOO, BUT OUR NEUROSES JUST DON’T MATCH.
32. I’M THE END OF THE LINE; ABSURD AND APPALLING AS IT MAY SEEM, SERIOUS NEW YORK THEATER HAS DIED IN MY LIFETIME.
33. THE STRUCTURE OF A PLAY IS ALWAYS THE STORY OF HOW THE BIRDS CAME HOME TO ROOST.
34. 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.
35. 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.
36. 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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