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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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Seek goodness everywhere, and when it is found, bring it out of its hiding place and let be free and unashamed.
Goodness
The basic truth of all things, as nearly as we may ever dream of determining and knowing this truth, is form, that which is, as it is. The way and shape of the thing no less than the thing itself.
Truth
The greatest happiness you can have is knowing that you do not necessarily require happiness.
Happiness
The most solid advice for a writer is this, I think: Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough
WritersWriting
The role of art is to make a world which can be tolerated.
Art
The simple fact was that if the song wasn't about me, I couldn't see how it could possibly be about anybody else, including the one I knew it was supposed to be about, and good luck to him, too.
Writing
The streets made me, and the streets stink, but I love them, for I was born in them out of flesh and I was born in them out of spirit.
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There could be no extreme vanity in my recognition of myself, if in fact there could be any at all.
AppreciationVanity
They understand matter, not spirit. And you and I live in spirit.
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This transformation in kids - from flashing dragonflies, so to say, to sticky water-surface worms slowly slipping downstream - is noticed with pride by society and with mortification by God ...
Children
Three times in my life I have been captured: by the orphanage, by school, and by the Army. But I'm mistaken. The fact is I was captured only once, when I was born, only that capture is also setting free, which is what this is actually all about. The
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Try as much as possible to be wholly alive, with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell and when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.
AngerDeath and dyingLaughterLiving
Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.
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We get very little wisdom from success, you know.
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What is a street? It is where the living weep, where the dead go off in silence to their peace.
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What the hell are they all looking for? A decent way to give it all over to the giver of it all, with thanks for the bother.
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While the train was going by, I knew that a man will go away without ever having reached anywhere, and never will the image of loveliness just beyond all things, all ends and edges, over and above and within, cease to be in his sleep until he is truly one who is no longer alive, and no longer able to sleep at all.
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Whoever the kid had been, whoever had had the grand attitude, has finally heeded the admonishment of parents, teachers, governments, religions, and the law: "You just change your attitude now please, young man."
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Without pressure, the work doesn't get done at all.
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You write a hit play the same way you write a flop.
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