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100 Motivational Quotes By Arthur Miller, The Master Of American Theatre

Famous As: Playwright Best Known for His Plays “All My Sons,” “Death of a Salesman” and “The Crucible”
Born On: October 17, 1915
Died On: February 10, 2005
Born In: Manhattan, New York City, United States
Died At Age: 89
Arthur Miller was an American theatre playwright, screenwriter, and essayist best known for his works such as ‘A View from the Bridge’, ‘The Crucible’, ‘Death of a Salesman’, etc. In 1944, Arthur debuted as a playwright with ‘The Man Who Had All the Luck’, which ran just four performances in the Broadway. He then published a novel ‘Focus’ in 1945. In 1947, he came up with his second play ‘All My Sons’, which ran at the Broadway for nearly a year. After two years, Arthur became a legendary figure in the American theatre with the release of ‘Death of a Salesman’. In 1953, Arthur’s next play was ‘The Crucible’, which was loosely based on the Salem witch trials of 1692. After two years, Arthur opened his next play ‘A View From the Bridge’ in major theatres. Arthur also ventured into Hollywood by writing the screenplay of the 1961 movie ‘The Misfits’. Two of Arthur’s plays – ‘After the Fall’ and ‘’Incident at Vichy’ – were released in 1964. Arthur’s next play ‘The Price’ was released in 1968 and ‘The Creation of the World and Other Business’ was opened in 1972. Arthur returned to the domestic theatre scene with ‘The American Clock’ in 1980 and ‘Broken Glass’ in 1994. He also bagged in the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. His works, essays, writings, thoughts and quotations have till date been popular and frequently quoted. Following is a collection of Arthur Miller's thoughts, sayings and quotes on death, theatre, communism and literature.
Everything we are is at every moment alive in us.

Everything we are is at every moment alive in us.

Arthur Miller
Just remember, kid, you can quicker get back a million dollars that was stole than a word that you gave away.

Just remember, kid, you can quicker get back a million dollars that was stole than a word that you gave away.

Arthur Miller
Don't be seduced into thinking that that which does not make a profit is without value.

Don't be seduced into thinking that that which does not make a profit is without value.

Arthur Miller
Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.

Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.

Arthur Miller
Betrayal is the only truth that sticks.

Betrayal is the only truth that sticks.

Arthur Miller
Until an hour before the Devil fell, God thought him beautiful in Heaven.

Until an hour before the Devil fell, God thought him beautiful in Heaven.

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.

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
The jungle is dark but full of diamonds, Willy.

The jungle is dark but full of diamonds, Willy.

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

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

Arthur Miller
If I have to be alone I want to be by myself.

If I have to be alone I want to be by myself.

Arthur Miller
I speak my own sins; I cannot judge another. I have no tongue for it.

I speak my own sins; I cannot judge another. I have no tongue for it.

Arthur Miller
Life, woman, life is God's most precious gift; no principle, however glorious, may justify the taking of it.

Life, woman, life is God's most precious gift; no principle, however glorious, may justify the taking of it.

Arthur Miller
A small man can be just as exhausted as a great man.

A small man can be just as exhausted as a great man.

Arthur Miller
I realized what a ridiculous lie my whole life has been.

I realized what a ridiculous lie my whole life has been.

Arthur Miller
You can't eat the orange and throw the peel away - a man is not a piece of fruit.

You can't eat the orange and throw the peel away - a man is not a piece of fruit.

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

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

Arthur Miller
You are pulling down heaven and raising up a whore

You are pulling down heaven and raising up a whore

Arthur Miller
The very impulse to write springs from an inner chaos crying for order - for meaning.

The very impulse to write springs from an inner chaos crying for order - for meaning.

Arthur Miller
More Weight
-Giles Corey-

More Weight -Giles Corey-

Arthur Miller
It is rare for people to be asked the question which puts them squarely in front of themselves

It is rare for people to be asked the question which puts them squarely in front of themselves

Arthur Miller
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.

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
Sometimes...it's better for a man just to walk away.
But if you can't walk away?
I guess that's when it's tough.

Sometimes...it's better for a man just to walk away. But if you can't walk away? I guess that's when it's tough.

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.

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
You can quicker get back a million dollars that was stolen than a word that you gave away.

You can quicker get back a million dollars that was stolen than a word that you gave away.

Arthur Miller
A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself.

A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself.

Arthur Miller
After all the highways, and the trains, and the appointments, and the years, you end up worth more dead than alive.

After all the highways, and the trains, and the appointments, and the years, you end up worth more dead than alive.

Arthur Miller
We are what we always were in Salem, but now the little crazy children are jangling the keys of the kingdom, and common vengeance writes the law!

We are what we always were in Salem, but now the little crazy children are jangling the keys of the kingdom, and common vengeance writes the law!

Arthur Miller
If you believe that life is worth living then your belief will create the fact.

If you believe that life is worth living then your belief will create the fact.

Arthur Miller
Pop, I'm nothing! I'm nothing, Pop. Can't you understand that? There's no spite in it any more. I'm just what I am, that's all.

Pop, I'm nothing! I'm nothing, Pop. Can't you understand that? There's no spite in it any more. I'm just what I am, that's all.

Arthur Miller
...an everlasting funeral marches round your heart.

...an everlasting funeral marches round your heart.

Arthur Miller
A character is defined by the kinds of challenges he cannot walk away from. And by those he has walked away from that cause him remorse.

A character is defined by the kinds of challenges he cannot walk away from. And by those he has walked away from that cause him remorse.

Arthur Miller
Peace. It is a providence, and no great change; we are only what we always were, but naked now.

Peace. It is a providence, and no great change; we are only what we always were, but naked now.

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.

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 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.

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
Sex, sin, and the Devil were early linked.

Sex, sin, and the Devil were early linked.

Arthur Miller
He have his goodness now. God forbid I take it from him!

He have his goodness now. God forbid I take it from him!

Arthur Miller
Great stones they lay upon his chest until he plead aye or nay. They say he give them but two words.

Great stones they lay upon his chest until he plead aye or nay. They say he give them but two words. "More weight," he says. And died.

Arthur Miller
Be loving to him. Because he’s only a little boat looking for a harbor.

Be loving to him. Because he’s only a little boat looking for a harbor.

Arthur Miller
I know you're no worse than most men but I thought you were better. I never saw you as a man. I saw you as my father.

I know you're no worse than most men but I thought you were better. I never saw you as a man. I saw you as my father.

Arthur Miller
A man is not a bird, to come and go with the springtime.

A man is not a bird, to come and go with the springtime.

Arthur Miller
The Devil is precise; the marks of his presence are definite as stone...

The Devil is precise; the marks of his presence are definite as stone...

Arthur Miller
Never fight fair with a stranger, boy. You'll never get out of the jungle that way.

Never fight fair with a stranger, boy. You'll never get out of the jungle that way.

Arthur Miller
Immortality is like trying to carve your initials in a block of ice in the middle of July.

Immortality is like trying to carve your initials in a block of ice in the middle of July.

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

The only thing you've got in this world is what you can sell.

Arthur Miller
Oh,Elizabeth, your justice would freeze beer.

Oh,Elizabeth, your justice would freeze beer.

Arthur Miller
PROCTOR, his mind wild, breathless: I say--I say--God is dead!

PROCTOR, his mind wild, breathless: I say--I say--God is dead!

Arthur Miller
See, Biff, everybody around me is so false that I'm constantly lowering my ideals...

See, Biff, everybody around me is so false that I'm constantly lowering my ideals...

Arthur Miller
It's the proper morning to fly into Hell.

It's the proper morning to fly into Hell.

Arthur Miller
Will you let me go for Christ's sake? Will you take that phony dream and burn it before something happens?

Will you let me go for Christ's sake? Will you take that phony dream and burn it before something happens?

Arthur Miller
Willy Loman: I don't want change, I want Swiss cheese!

Willy Loman: I don't want change, I want Swiss cheese!

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

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

Arthur Miller
I am not a dime a dozen! I am Willy Loman, and you are Biff Loman!

I am not a dime a dozen! I am Willy Loman, and you are Biff Loman!

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

What work you do! It's strange work for a Christian girl to hang old women!

Arthur Miller
Because most people ain't people.

Because most people ain't people.

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

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

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.

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
Charley: He won't starve. None a them starve. Forget about him.
Willy: Then what have I got to remember?

Charley: He won't starve. None a them starve. Forget about him. Willy: Then what have I got to remember?

Arthur Miller
Most of the time we settle for half and i like it better, even as i know how wrong he was and his death useless, i tremble for i confess that something peversley pure calls to me from his memory

Most of the time we settle for half and i like it better, even as i know how wrong he was and his death useless, i tremble for i confess that something peversley pure calls to me from his memory

Arthur Miller
There is prodigious fear in seeking loose spirits

There is prodigious fear in seeking loose spirits

Arthur Miller
Pontius Pilate! God will not let you clean your hands of this!

Pontius Pilate! God will not let you clean your hands of this!

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!

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
(Looking at the letter in his hand) Then what is this if it isn’t telling me? Sure, [Larry] was my son. But I think to him [the pilots killed] were all my sons. And I guess they were, I guess they were

(Looking at the letter in his hand) Then what is this if it isn’t telling me? Sure, [Larry] was my son. But I think to him [the pilots killed] were all my sons. And I guess they were, I guess they were

Arthur Miller
The world is an oyster but you don't crack it open on a mattress

The world is an oyster but you don't crack it open on a mattress

Arthur Miller
We have not many wills, but only one --it cannot be continuously compromised without atrophy setting in altogether.

We have not many wills, but only one --it cannot be continuously compromised without atrophy setting in altogether.

Arthur Miller
We are only what we always were

We are only what we always were

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

Self-realization and self-fulfilment are the sine qua non for human existence.

Arthur Miller
What a woman! They broke the mould when they made her.

What a woman! They broke the mould when they made her.

Arthur Miller
HALE, with a tasty love of intellectual pursuit

HALE, with a tasty love of intellectual pursuit

Arthur Miller
The enemy is within, and within stays within, and we can’t get out of within.

The enemy is within, and within stays within, and we can’t get out of within.

Arthur Miller
I only ask you one thing- don't trust nobody

I only ask you one thing- don't trust nobody

Arthur Miller
HAPPY: All right, boy. I'm gonna show you and everybody else that Willy Loman did not die in vain. He had a good dream. It's the only dream you can have-- to come out number-one man.

HAPPY: All right, boy. I'm gonna show you and everybody else that Willy Loman did not die in vain. He had a good dream. It's the only dream you can have-- to come out number-one man.

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

The only thing you got in this world is what you can sell.

Arthur Miller
On the day the world is blown up, the playwright whose show opened the night before will be leafing past the news section of the Times to find his review--as he ascends through the stratosphere, oblivious.

On the day the world is blown up, the playwright whose show opened the night before will be leafing past the news section of the Times to find his review--as he ascends through the stratosphere, oblivious.

Arthur Miller
The wedding of Christianity or Judaism with nationalism is lethal.

The wedding of Christianity or Judaism with nationalism is lethal.

Arthur Miller
To suffer fifty weeks of the year for the sake of a two-week vacation, when all you really desire is to be outdoors, with your shirt off.

To suffer fifty weeks of the year for the sake of a two-week vacation, when all you really desire is to be outdoors, with your shirt off.

Arthur Miller
It is the essence of power that it accrues to those with the ability to determine the nature of the real.

It is the essence of power that it accrues to those with the ability to determine the nature of the real.

Arthur Miller
All paradox and enticing mystery, street-tough one moment, then lifted by a lyrical and poetic sensitivity

All paradox and enticing mystery, street-tough one moment, then lifted by a lyrical and poetic sensitivity

Arthur Miller
He's just a big stupid man to you, but I tell you there's more good in him than in may other people.

He's just a big stupid man to you, but I tell you there's more good in him than in may other people.

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

You don't realize how people can hate, they can hate so much they'll tear the world to pieces.

Arthur Miller
Fear, like love, is difficult to explain after it has subsided, probably because it draws away the veils of illusion as it disappears.

Fear, like love, is difficult to explain after it has subsided, probably because it draws away the veils of illusion as it disappears.

Arthur Miller
Show them a stony heart and sink them with it

Show them a stony heart and sink them with it

Arthur Miller
All organisation is and must be grounded on the idea of exclusion and prohibition just as two objects cannot occupy the same space

All organisation is and must be grounded on the idea of exclusion and prohibition just as two objects cannot occupy the same space

Arthur Miller
On the road I want to grab you sometimes and just kiss the life outa you

On the road I want to grab you sometimes and just kiss the life outa you

Arthur Miller
John Proctor’s flaw is his failure, until the last moment, to distinguish guilt from responsibility; America’s is to believe that it is at the same time both guilty and without flaw.

John Proctor’s flaw is his failure, until the last moment, to distinguish guilt from responsibility; America’s is to believe that it is at the same time both guilty and without flaw.

Arthur Miller
He's a man way out there in the blue, riding on a smile and a shoeshine. And when they start not smiling back--that's an earthquake. And then you get a couple of spots on your hat, and you're finished.

He's a man way out there in the blue, riding on a smile and a shoeshine. And when they start not smiling back--that's an earthquake. And then you get a couple of spots on your hat, and you're finished.

Arthur Miller
Man, remember, until an hour before the Devil fell, God thought him beautiful in Heaven.

Man, remember, until an hour before the Devil fell, God thought him beautiful in Heaven.

Arthur Miller
You want somethin' else, Eddie, and you can never have her!

You want somethin' else, Eddie, and you can never have her!

Arthur Miller
He plough on Sunday, Sir.
Plough on Sunday?!

He plough on Sunday, Sir. Plough on Sunday?!

Arthur Miller
Some dream I had must have mistaken you for God that day.

Some dream I had must have mistaken you for God that day.

Arthur Miller
You want to live? You better figure out your life.

You want to live? You better figure out your life.

Arthur Miller
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. My whole bloody life, time after time after time.

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. My whole bloody life, time after time after time.

Arthur Miller
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.

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.

Arthur Miller
I'll tell u boys it's tough to be alone,
and it's tough to love a doll that's not ur own.

I'll tell u boys it's tough to be alone, and it's tough to love a doll that's not ur own.

Arthur Miller
You never do any good until you get into some trouble.

You never do any good until you get into some trouble.

Arthur Miller
Willy: Remember those two beautiful elm trees out there? When I and Biff hung the swings between them?
Linda: Yeah, like being a million miles from the city.

Willy: Remember those two beautiful elm trees out there? When I and Biff hung the swings between them? Linda: Yeah, like being a million miles from the city.

Arthur Miller
Now, as the weeks passed, there was a future, there was a trouble that would not go away.

Now, as the weeks passed, there was a future, there was a trouble that would not go away.

Arthur Miller
Knowing smile on his face: What’s this mischief here?

Knowing smile on his face: What’s this mischief here?

Arthur Miller
Perhaps because there are those who believe that authority is all of a piece and that to challenge it anywhere is to threaten it everywhere.

Perhaps because there are those who believe that authority is all of a piece and that to challenge it anywhere is to threaten it everywhere.

Arthur Miller
I am still feeling kinda temporary about myself

I am still feeling kinda temporary about myself

Arthur Miller
To go, Pop. Every muscle is ready. WILLY [at the edge of the apron]: You realize what

To go, Pop. Every muscle is ready. WILLY [at the edge of the apron]: You realize what

Arthur Miller