Death of a Salesman Quotes

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Why am I trying to become what I don’t want to be … when all I want is out there, waiting for me the minute I say I know who I am.

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The jungle is dark but full of diamonds, Willy.

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I realized what a ridiculous lie my whole life has been.

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You can't eat the orange and throw the peel away - a man is not a piece of fruit.

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A small man can be just as exhausted as a great man.

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Sometimes...it's better for a man just to walk away.But if you can't walk away?I guess that's when it's tough.

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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.

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Pop, I'm nothing! I'm nothing, Pop. Can't you understand that? There's no spite in it any more. I'm just what I am, that's all.

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

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The only thing you've got in this world is what you can sell.

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Will you let me go for Christ's sake? Will you take that phony dream and burn it before something happens?

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A man is not a bird, to come and go with the springtime.

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See, Biff, everybody around me is so false that I'm constantly lowering my ideals...

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I am not a dime a dozen! I am Willy Loman, and you are Biff Loman!

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Willy Loman: I don't want change, I want Swiss cheese!

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It's a measly manner of existence. To get on that subway on the hot mornings in summer. To devote your whole life to keeping stock, or making phone calls, or selling or buying. To suffer fifty weeks of the year for a two week vacation, when all you really desire is to be outdoors, with your shirt off. And still-that's how you build a future.

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Charley: He won't starve. None a them starve. Forget about him.Willy: Then what have I got to remember?

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To suffer fifty weeks of the year for the sake of a two-week vacation, when all you really desire is to be outdoors, with your shirt off.

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What a woman! They broke the mould when they made her.

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When I was seventeen I walked into the jungle, and when I was twenty-one I walked out. And by God I was rich.

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I'm losing weight, you notice, Pop?

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The only thing you got in this world is what you can sell.

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I don't know what the hell I'm workin' for. Sometimes I sit in my apartment–all alone. And I think of the rent I'm paying. And it's crazy. But then, it's what I always wanted. My own apartment, a car, and plenty of women. And still, goddammit, I'm lonely.

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HAPPY: All right, boy. 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.

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See, Biff, everybody around me is so false that I’m constantly lowering my ideals . . .

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He's just a big stupid man to you, but I tell you there's more good in him than in may other people.

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Does it take more guts to stand here the rest of my life ringing up a zero?

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How can they whip cheese?

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He's a man way out there in the blue, riding on a smile and a shoeshine. And when they start not smiling back--that's an earthquake. And then you get a couple of spots on your hat, and you're finished.

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I get here, and I don't know what to do with myself. I've always made a point of not wasting my life, and every time I come back here I know that all I've done is to waste my life

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I’m one-dollar an hour, Willy! I tried seven states and couldn’t raise it. A buck an hour! Do you gather my meaning? I’m not bringing home any prizes anymore and you’re going to stop waiting for me to bring them home!

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Willy: Remember those two beautiful elm trees out there? When I and Biff hung the swings between them?Linda: Yeah, like being a million miles from the city.

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