Quotations From ARTHUR MILLER


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  • That is a very good question. I don't know the answer. But can you tell me the name of a classical Greek shoemaker?
    Arthur Miller (b. 1915), U.S. dramatist. Quoted in Guardian (London, January 25, 1990). In reply to a shoe manufacturer who asked why Miller's job should be subsidized when his was not—recalled by Miller at London press conference.
  • 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).
  • 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).

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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 (b. 1915), U.S. dramatist. quoted in Times (London, Jan. 11, 1989).
  • Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.
    Arthur Miller (b. 1915), U.S. dramatist. Tom, in The Ride Down Mount Morgan, act 1 (1991).

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  • Without alienation, there can be no politics.
    Arthur Miller (b. 1915), U.S. dramatist. Marxism Today (London, January 1988).
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