'Death of a Salesman' Quotes

Arthur Miller's Famous Play

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Willy Loman, the titular character in Death of a Salesman, spent his whole life persuing what he thought was the American Dream. The play deals with themes of reality and illusion as a family struggles to define their dreams. It is one of Arthur Miller's most famous plays, bringing him international acclaim. In 1949, Miller won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for this controversial play.  

Quotes From Death of a Salesman.

"I'm the New England man.

I'm vital in New England."
- Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman, Act 1

"He's liked, but he's not well liked."
- Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman, Act 1

"The man who makes an appearance in the business world, the man who creates personal interest, is the man who gets ahead. Be liked and you will never want."
- Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman, Act 1

"The man knew what he wanted and went out and got it! Walked into a jungle and comes out, the age of twenty-one, and he's rich!"
- Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman, Act 1

"I don't say he's a great man. Willie Loman never made a lot of money. His name was never in the paper. 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. He's not to be allowed to fall in his grave like an old dog. Attention, attention must finally be paid to such a person."
- Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman, Act 1

"A small man can be just as exhausted as a great man."
- Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman, Act 1

"Before it's all over we're gonna get a little place out in the country, and I'll raise some vegetables, a couple of chickens..."
- Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman, Act 2

"You can't eat the orange and throw the peel away - a man is not a piece of fruit."
- Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman, Act 2

"After all the highways, and the trains, and the appointments, and the years, you end up worth more dead than alive."
- Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman, Act 2

"I realized what a ridiculous lie my whole life has been."
- Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman, Act 2

"I've got to get some seeds. I've got to get some seeds, right away. Nothing's planted. I don't have a thing in the ground."
- Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman, Act 2

"Biff: Pop! I'm a dime a dozen, and so are you!
Willie: I am not a dime a dozen! I am Willy Loman, and you are Biff Loman!"
- Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman, Act 2

"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. He fought it out here, and this is where I'm gonna win it for him."
- Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman, Act 2

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