Words matter. These are the best Arthur Miller Quotes, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.
A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself.
All we are is a lot of talking nitrogen.
Don’t be seduced into thinking that that which does not make a profit is without value.
The structure of a play is always the story of how the birds came home to roost.
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.
You cannot catch a child’s spirit by running after it; you must stand still and for love it will soon itself return.
Never fight fair with a stranger, boy. You’ll never get out of the jungle that way.
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?
If I see an ending, I can work backward.
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.
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.
Without alienation, there can be no politics.
Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.
I know that my works are a credit to this nation and I dare say they will endure longer than the McCarran Act.
A playwright lives in an occupied country. And if you can’t live that way you don’t stay.
Let you look sometimes for the goodness in me, and judge me not.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I’m the end of the line; absurd and appalling as it may seem, serious New York theater has died in my lifetime.
I have made more friends for American culture than the State Department. Certainly I have made fewer enemies, but that isn’t very difficult.
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.
The theater is so endlessly fascinating because it’s so accidental. It’s so much like life.
A suicide kills two people, Maggie, that’s what it’s for!
I love her too, but our neuroses just don’t match.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I think it’s a mistake to ever look for hope outside of one’s self.
You specialize in something until one day you find it is specializing in you.
I am older than everyone I ever knew. All my dogs are dead. Half a dozen cats, parakeets… all gone.