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Arthur Miller

Data di nascita: 17. Ottobre 1915
Data di morte: 10. Febbraio 2005

Arthur Asher Miller è stato un drammaturgo, scrittore e pubblicista statunitense.

„Credo che noi in America siamo arrivati alla fine di uno sviluppo, perché ci ripetiamo un anno dopo l'altro, benché nessuno sembri accorgersene.“

—  Arthur Miller

Origine: Citato in Ernst Fischer, L'arte è necessaria? (Von der Notwendigkeit der Kunst), traduzione di Fausto Codino, Editori Riuniti, Roma 1975.

Questa traduzione è in attesa di revisione. È corretto?

„He is a kind of psychic journalist, even when he's great.“

—  Arthur Miller

Paris Review (Summer 1966)
Contesto: A playwright … is … the litmus paper of the arts. He's got to be, because if he isn't working on the same wave length as the audience, no one would know what in hell he was talking about. He is a kind of psychic journalist, even when he's great.

„I am bewildered by the death of love. And my responsibility for it.“

—  Arthur Miller, After the Fall

Quentin in After the Fall (1964) Act II
After the Fall (1964)

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

—  Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman

Origine: Death of a Salesman

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

—  Arthur Miller

As quoted in Finding Your Bipolar Muse : How to Master Depressive Droughts and Manic Depression (2006) by Lana R. Castle, p. 258

„My argument with so much of psychoanalysis, is the preconception that suffering is a mistake, or a sign of weakness, or a sign even of illness, when in fact, possibly the greatest truths we know have come out of people's suffering“

—  Arthur Miller

1963 interview, used in The Century of the Self (2002)
Contesto: My argument with so much of psychoanalysis, is the preconception that suffering is a mistake, or a sign of weakness, or a sign even of illness, when in fact, possibly the greatest truths we know have come out of people's suffering; that the problem is not to undo suffering or to wipe it off the face of the earth but to make it inform our lives, instead of trying to cure ourselves of it constantly and avoid it, and avoid anything but that lobotomized sense of what they call "happiness." There's too much of an attempt, it seems to me, to think in terms of controlling man, rather than freeing him. Of defining him rather than letting him go. It's part of the whole ideology of this age, which is power-mad.

„I think it's a mistake to ever look for hope outside of one's self.“

—  Arthur Miller, After the Fall

After the Fall (1964)
Contesto: I think it's a mistake to ever look for hope outside of one's self. One day the house smells of fresh bread, the next of smoke and blood. One day you faint because the gardener cuts his finger off, within a week you're climbing over corpses of children bombed in a subway. What hope can there be if that is so? I tried to die near the end of the war. The same dream returned each night until I dared not to go to sleep and grew quite ill. I dreamed I had a child, and even in the dream I saw it was my life, and it was an idiot, and I ran away. But it always crept onto my lap again, clutched at my clothes. Until I thought, if I could kiss it, whatever in it was my own, perhaps I could sleep. And I bent to its broken face, and it was horrible … but I kissed it. I think one must finally take one's life in one's arms.

„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

Paris Review (Summer 1966)
Contesto: 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.

„There's too much of an attempt, it seems to me, to think in terms of controlling man, rather than freeing him. Of defining him rather than letting him go. It's part of the whole ideology of this age, which is power-mad.“

—  Arthur Miller

1963 interview, used in The Century of the Self (2002)
Contesto: My argument with so much of psychoanalysis, is the preconception that suffering is a mistake, or a sign of weakness, or a sign even of illness, when in fact, possibly the greatest truths we know have come out of people's suffering; that the problem is not to undo suffering or to wipe it off the face of the earth but to make it inform our lives, instead of trying to cure ourselves of it constantly and avoid it, and avoid anything but that lobotomized sense of what they call "happiness." There's too much of an attempt, it seems to me, to think in terms of controlling man, rather than freeing him. Of defining him rather than letting him go. It's part of the whole ideology of this age, which is power-mad.

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

—  Arthur Miller

Variante: You can quicker get back a million dollars that was stolen than a word that you gave away.
Origine: A View from the Bridge: A Play in Two Acts

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

—  Arthur Miller, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan

Act 1
The Ride Down Mount Morgan (1991)
Origine: The Ride Down Mt. Morgan

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