Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.
A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself.
Where choice begins, Paradise ends, innocence ends, for what is Paradise but the absence of any need to choose this action?
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 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.
Without alienation, there can be no politics.
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
Betrayal is the only truth that sticks.
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.
The number of elements that have to go into a hit would break a computer down. the right season for that play, the right historical moment, the right tonality.
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.
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.
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.
The problem was to sustain at any cost the feeling you had in the theater that you were watching a real person, yes, but an intense condensation of his experience, not simply a realistic series of episodes.
I understand [Willy Loman's] longing for immortality Willy's writing his name in a cake of ice on a hot day, but he wishes he were writing in stone.
A play is made by sensing how the forces in life simulate ignorance-you set free the concealed irony, the deadly joke.
A suicide kills two people, Maggie, that's what it's for!
The theater is so endlessly fascinating because it's so accidental. It's so much like life.
I love her too, but our neuroses just don't match.
A man is not an orange. You can't eat the fruit and throw the peel away
Everybody likes a kidder, but nobody lends him money.
The structure of a play is always the story of how the birds came home to roost.
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 develop
The word now is like a bomb through the window, and it ticks.
I know that my works are a credit to this nation and I dare say they will endure longer than the McCarran Act.