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In the 1930s, Arthur Miller was one of a few American writers who were able to bring out new and exciting themes for theatre that mirrored society. His most famous plays are Death of a Salesman, The Crucible, and A View from the Bridge. He is among the most influential playwrights in history with his dedication to social justice and political activism through art.

We are glad to present you the strongest words from Arthur Miller.

Here are the most interesting Work, Love, Time, House, Human Beings, World, Ater quotes from Arthur Miller, and much more.


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About Arthur Miller

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October 17, 1915

death of the author

February 10, 2005

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Playwright, Essayist, Screenwriter

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Alma Mater:
University Of Michigan

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Notable Works:
All My Sons, Death Of A Salesman, The Crucible, A View From The Bridge

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Notable Awards:
1949 Pulitzer Prize For Drama, 1984 Kennedy Center Honors, 2001 Praemium Imperiale, 2003 Jerusalem Prize


I am bewildered by the death of love. And my responsibility for it. — Arthur Miller

If you love your country why is it necessary to hate other countries? — Arthur Miller


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I love her too, but our neuroses just don’t match. — Arthur Miller

Down deep in His heart God is a comedian who loves to make us laugh. — Arthur Miller

i am bewildered by the death of love and my responsibility for it Arthur Miller quote

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. — Arthur Miller

You cannot catch a child’s spirit by running after it; you must stand still and for love it will soon itself return. — Arthur Miller

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. — Arthur Miller

He’s liked, but he’s not well liked. — Arthur Miller

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

if you love your country why is it necessary to hate other countries Arthur Miller quote


The best work that anybody ever writes is the work that is on the verge of embarrassing him, always. — Arthur Miller

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

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

Like every writer, I am asked where my work originates, and if I knew I would go there more often to find more. — Arthur Miller

What work you do! It’s strange work for a Christian girl to hang old women! — Arthur Miller

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Work a lifetime to pay off a house You finally own it and there’s nobody to live in it. — Arthur Miller

I’m a fatalist…. I consider I am rejected in principle. My work is and, through my work, I am. If it’s accepted, it’s miraculous or the result of a misunderstanding. — Arthur Miller

Figure it out. Work a lifetime to pay off a house. You finally own it, and there’s nobody to live in it. — Arthur Miller

A lot of my work goes to the center of where we belong––if there is any root to life–because nowadays the family is broken up, and people don’t live in the same place for very long. — Arthur Miller

Why am I trying to become what I don’t want to be … when all I want is out there, waiting for me the minute I say I know who I am. — Arthur Miller

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You cant get very far in this world without your dossier being there first. — Arthur Miller

The only thing you’ve got in this world is what you can sell. — Arthur Miller

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

The only thing you got in this world is what you can sell. And the funny thing is that you’re a salesman, and you don’t know that. — Arthur Miller

The two most common elements in the world are hydrogen and stupidity. — Arthur Miller

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The world is always ending; the exact date depends on when you came into it. — Arthur Miller

You don’t realize how people can hate, they can hate so much they’ll tear the world to pieces. — Arthur Miller

There are certain men in the world who rather see everybody hung before they’ll take blame. — Arthur Miller

The PRICE grew out of a need to reconfirm the power of the past, the seedbed of current reality, and the way to possibly reaffirm cause and effect in an insane world. — Arthur Miller

A doctor could make a million dollars if he could figure out a way to bring a boy into the world without a trigger finger. — Arthur Miller

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Every time I am reading actors I can pretty well tell which ones have studied with Meisner. It is because they are honest and simple and don’t lay on complications that aren’t necessary. — Arthur Miller

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Chris: I don’t know why it is, but every time I reach out for something I want, I have to pull back because other people will suffer. — Arthur Miller

I’ve always made a point of not wasting my life, and every time I come back here I know that all I’ve done is to waste my life. — Arthur Miller

I may think of you softly from time to time. But I’ll cut off my hand before I ever reach for you again. — Arthur Miller

Great drama is great questions or it is nothing but technique. I could not imagine a theater worth my time that did not want to change the world. — Arthur Miller

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Proctor, his mind wild, breathless: I say––I say––God is dead! — Arthur Miller


It was not really possible to understand oneself, let alone another human being. — Arthur Miller

Self–realization and self–fulfilment are the sine qua non for human existence. — Arthur Miller

There is unquestionably a contradiction between an efficient technological machine and the flowering of human nature, of the human personality. — Arthur Miller

Data is a lot like humans: It is born. Matures. Gets married to other data, divorced. Gets old. One thing that it doesn’t do is die. It has to be killed. — Arthur Miller

it was not really possible to understand oneself let alone another human being Arthur Miller quote

The concentration camp is the final expression of human separateness and its ultimate consequence. It is organized abandonment. — Arthur Miller

They tried to escape technology, to stay away from that and still have relationships with their fellow humans. Very difficult. — Arthur Miller

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

I regard the theatre as a serious business, one that makes or should make man more human, which is to say, less alone. — Arthur Miller

The mission of the theatre, after all, is to change, to raise the consciousness of people to their human possibilities. — Arthur Miller


There might be a dragon with five legs in my house, but no one has ever seen it. — Arthur Miller

I cannot sleep for dreaming; I cannot dream but I wake and walk about the house as though I’d find you comin’ through the door. — Arthur Miller

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

Proctor––he knows it is insane: No, it is not the same! What others say and what i sign to is not the same! — Arthur Miller


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

Theater is a very changeable art. It responds to the moment in history the way the newspaper does, and there’s no predicting what to come up with next. — Arthur Miller

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

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

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