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Arthur Miller

Arthur Asher Miller was an American playwright, essayist, and author.
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If you complain of people being shot down in the streets, of the absence of communication or social responsibility, of the rise of everyday violence which people have become accustomed to, and the dehumanisation of feelings, then the ultimate development on an organized social level is the concentration camp. . . . The concentration camp is the final expression of human separateness and its ultimate consequence. It is organized abandonment.

Arthur Miller

Man must shape his tools lest they shape him.

Arthur Miller

I cannot sleep for dreaming; I cannot dream but I wake and walk about the house as though I'd find you coming through some door.

Arthur Miller

Glamour, that trans-human aura or power to attract imitation, is a kind of vessel into which dreams are poured, and some vessels are simply worthier than others... A beautiful woman can turn heads but real glamour has a deeper pull... Glamour [is] the power to rearrange people's emotions, which, in effect, is the power to control one's environment.

Arthur Miller

Everybody likes a kidder, but nobody lends him money.

Arthur Miller

The jungle is dark but full of diamonds...

Arthur Miller

Without alienation, there can be no politics.

Arthur Miller

Success, instead of giving freedom of choice, becomes a way of life. There's no country I've been to where people, when you come into a room and sit down with them, so often ask you, "What do you do?" And, being American, many's the time I've almost asked that question, then realized it's good for my soul not to know. For a while! Just to let the evening wear on and see what I think of this person without knowing what he does and how successful he is, or what a failure. We're ranking everybody every minute of the day.

Arthur Miller

Let you look sometimes for the goodness in me, and judge me not.

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

I have made more friends for American culture than the State Department. Certainly I have made fewer enemies, but that isn't very difficult.

Arthur Miller

The theater is so endlessly fascinating because it's so accidental. It's so much like life.

Arthur Miller

What is the most innocent place in any country? Is it not the insane asylum? These people drift through life truly innocent, unable to see into themselves at all.

Arthur Miller

The closer a man approaches tragedy the more intense is his concentration of emotion upon the fixed point of his commitment, which is to say the closer he approaches what in life we call fanaticism.

Arthur Miller

A man is not an orange. You can't eat the fruit and throw the peel away

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

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

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

You specialize in something until one day you find it is specializing in you.

Arthur Miller

All we are is a lot of talking nitrogen.

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

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

Arthur Miller

The best of our theater is standing on tiptoe, striving to see over the shoulders of father and mother. The worst is exploiting and wallowing in the self-pity of adolescence and obsessive keyhole sexuality. The way out, as the poet says, is always through.

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

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

Arthur Miller
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