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Arthur Miller


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  • ''By whatever means it is accomplished, the prime business of a play is to arouse the passions of its audience so that by the route of passion may be opened up new relationships between a man and men, and between men and Man. Drama is akin to the other inventions of man in that it ought to help us to know more, and not merely to spend our feelings.''
    Arthur Miller (b. 1915), U.S. dramatist. Collected Plays, introduction, sct. 7 (1958).
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  • ''My conception of the audience is of a public each member of which is carrying about with him what he thinks is an anxiety, or a hope, or a preoccupation which is his alone and isolates him from mankind; and in this respect at least the function of a play is to reveal him to himself so that he may touch others by virtue of the revelation of his mutuality with them. If only for this reason I regard the theater as a serious business, one that makes or should make man more human, which is to say, less alone.''
    Arthur Miller (b. 1915), U.S. dramatist. Collected Plays, sect. 2, introduction (1958).
  • ''All my energy and attention were devoted to trying to help her solve her problems. Unfortunately I didn't have much success.''
    Arthur Miller (b. 1915), U.S. dramatist. International Herald Tribune (Paris, Aug. 5, 1992).
  • ''A small man can be just as exhausted as a great man.''
    Arthur Miller (b. 1915), U.S. dramatist. Linda, in Death of a Salesman, act 1 (1949). Referring to her husband Willy Loman.
  • ''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 (b. 1915), U.S. dramatist. Linda, in Death of a Salesman, act 1. Of her husband Willy Loman.
  • ''Look, we're all the same; a man is a fourteen-room house—in the bedroom he's asleep with his intelligent wife, in the living-room he's rolling around with some bareass girl, in the library he's paying his taxes, in the yard he's raising tomatoes, and in the cellar he's making a bomb to blow it all up.''
    Arthur Miller (b. 1915), U.S. dramatist. Lyman, in The Ride Down Mount Morgan, act 2 (1991).
  • ''I love her too, but our neuroses just don't match.''
    Arthur Miller (b. 1915), U.S. dramatist. Lyman, in The Ride Down Mount Morgan, act 1 (1991). Discussing his wife with his lawyer.
  • ''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 (b. 1915), U.S. dramatist. Marxism Today (London, Jan. 1988).
  • ''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 (b. 1915), U.S. dramatist. New York Times (Sept. 15, 1985). On a television production of Death of a Salesman.
  • ''A playwright ... is ... the litmus paper of the arts. He's got to be, because if he isn't working on the same wave length as the audience, no one would know what in hell he was talking about. He is a kind of psychic journalist, even when he's great.''
    Arthur Miller (b. 1915), U.S. dramatist. Paris Review (Flushing, N.Y., summer 1966).

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