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A collection of thoughts and quotations by Arthur Miller on friendship, regret, betrayal, communism, literature, religion, courage, wisdom and life.

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

Born On: October 17, 1915
Died On: February 10, 2005
Born In: Harlem, 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.
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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.

Arthur Miller

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.

Arthur Miller

Betrayal is the only truth that sticks.

Arthur Miller

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.

Arthur Miller

The jungle is dark but full of diamonds, Willy.

Arthur Miller

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.

Arthur Miller

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.

Arthur Miller

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

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

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

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

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You are pulling down heaven and raising up a whore

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

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More Weight -Giles Corey-

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

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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.

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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.

Arthur Miller

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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

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...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.

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

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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.

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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.

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Sex, sin, and the Devil were early linked.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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Oh,Elizabeth, your justice would freeze beer.

Arthur Miller

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

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

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It's the proper morning to fly into Hell.

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

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

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

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

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

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Because most people ain't people.

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

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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.

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

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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

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There is prodigious fear in seeking loose spirits

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

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PROCTOR--he knows it is insane: No, it is not the same! What others say and what i sign to is not the same!

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(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

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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.

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We are only what we always were

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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.

Arthur Miller

HALE, with a tasty love of intellectual pursuit

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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

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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.

Arthur Miller

Show them a stony heart and sink them with it

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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

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.

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.

Arthur Miller

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!

Arthur Miller

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

Arthur Miller

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

Arthur Miller

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.

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.

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.

Arthur Miller

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.

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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?

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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.

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I am still feeling kinda temporary about myself

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

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