William Saroyan Quotes (49 Quotes)

    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.

    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.

    I used to be the fastest telegram messenger boy in all Fresno. My nickname was Speed. Finally, I said, Take back your nickname. This pace is killing me. Anyway, I still write fast -- it's my impatient Armenian nature. I'm keen to find out how my plots end, and if I write faster I'll find out sooner.

    The greatest happiness you can have is knowing that you do not necessarily require happiness.

    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.

    Encourage virtue in whatever heart it may have been driven into secrecy and sorrow by the shame and terror of the world.

    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.

    A growing thing whose stages of growth always went unnoticed ...

    I'm not the kind of guy to knock at a door and then when the door is opened not go in.

    What is a street It is where the living weep, where the dead go off in silence to their peace.

    Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure.

    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.

    Every man in the world is better than someone else and not as good someone else.

    If you can measure it, don't. If you can weigh it, it isn't worth the bother. It isn't what you're after. It isn't going to get it.

    I was never interested in the obvious, or in the details one takes for granted, and everybody seemed to be addicted to the obvious, being astonished by it, and forever harping about the details which I had long ago weighted, measured, and discarded a

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