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Quotations by author » William Saroyan
American Writer known for his stories celebrating the joy of living in spite of poverty. 1908-1981
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A growing thing whose stages of growth always went unnoticed ...
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Are we sure it is desirable for a man's spirit not to be at war with itself, or that it is better to be serene and ready to go to dinner than to be excited and unwilling to stop for a cup of coffee, even?
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Be the inferior of no man, nor of any be the superior. Remember that every man is a variation of yourself. No man's guilt is not yours, nor is any man's innocence a thing apart.
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But the world was my home and I was glad to be in it.
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Despise evil and un godliness but not men of un godliness or evil.
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Encourage virtue in whatever heart it may have been driven into secrecy and sorrow by the shame and terror of the world.
Virtue
Every man in the world is better than someone else and not as good as someone else.
Mankind
Everybody has got to die, but I always believed an exception would be made in my case. Now what?
Death and dying
Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure.
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Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know.
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He neither walks with the multitude nor cheers with them. The writer who is a real writer is a rebel who never stops.
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He paints for the blind, and we are the blind, and he lets us see for sure what we saw long ago but weren't sure we saw. He paints for the dead, to remind us that - great good God, think of it - we're alive ...
Death and dyingGodPainting
He wanted to be a passenger on anything that was going anywhere, but most of all on a ship.
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Human greatness is a rather difficult thing to account for, and more often than not one is mistaken in one's hunches about somebody one has met.
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I am interested in madness. I believe it is the biggest thing in the human race, and the most constant. How do you take away from a man his madness without also taking away his identity?
Madness
I can't hate for long. It isn't worth it.
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I don't like to see kids throw away their truth just because it isn't worth a dime in the open market.
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I looked, I saw, I understood, I felt, "That's that, where do we go from here?
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I see death as a private event, the destruction of the universe in the brain and in the senses of man, and I cannot see any man's death as a contributing factor in the success or failure of a military campaign.
Death and dying
I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia. See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.
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