Arthur Miller

Literary Birthday – 17 October – Arthur Miller

Arthur Miller was born 17 October 1915, and died 10 February 2005.


  1. Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.
  2. 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.
  3. Everything we are is at every moment alive in us.
  4. The best work that anybody ever writes is the work that is on the verge of embarrassing him, always.
  5. The structure of a play is always the story of how the birds came home to roost.
  6. 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.
  7. The very impulse to write springs from an inner chaos crying for order – for meaning.
  8. I think it’s a mistake to ever look for hope outside of one’s self.
  9. Don’t be seduced into thinking that that which does not make a profit is without value.
  10. If I see an ending, I can work backward.

Arthur Miller was an American playwright and essayist. He wrote Death of a Salesman, The Crucible, and A View from the Bridge. He was often in the public eye: for refusing to give evidence against other artists to the House Un-American Activities Committee; for being the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, among other awards; and for marrying Marilyn Monroe. Miller is considered to be one of the greatest American playwrights.

Source for Image

U.S. State Department, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 17th October 2012