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    You may tend to get cancer from the thing that makes you want to smoke so much, not from the smoking itself.
    — William Saroyan
    tags: smoke 
     
    All comedians are people who really deeply consider the human experience not only a dirty trick perpetrated by a totally meaningless procedure of accidents, but an unbearable ordeal every day, which can be made tolerable only by mockery in one form or another.
    — William Saroyan
    tags: people  experience  human 
     
    Although I write in English, and despite the fact that I'm from America, I consider myself an Armenian writer. The words I use are in English, the surroundings I write about are American, but the soul, which makes me write, is Armenian. This means I am an Armenian writer and deeply love the honor of being a part of the family of Armenian wrtiters.
    — William Saroyan
    tags: soul  facts  america  write  american  honor 
     
    I have always been a Laugher, disturbing people who are not laughers, upsetting whole audiences at theatres... I laugh, that's all. I love to laugh. Laugher to me is being alive. I have had rotten times, and I have laughed through them. Even in the midst of the very worst times I have laughed.
    — William Saroyan
    tags: time  people 
     
    The greatest happiness you can have is knowing that you do not necessarily require happiness.
    — William Saroyan
    tags: happiness  knowing 
     
    Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure.
    — William Saroyan
    tags: failure  people  wisdom 
     
    The role of art is to make a world which can be inhabited.
    — William Saroyan
    tags: world 
     
    In the end, today is forever, yesterday is still today, and tomorrow is already today.
    — William Saroyan
    tags: forever  tomorrow 
     
    The writer who is a real writer is a rebel who never stops.
    — William Saroyan
    tags: real 
     
    Doctors don't know everything really. They understand matter, not spirit. And you and I live in the spirit.
    — William Saroyan
    tags: live  spirit  doctor 
     
    We didn't say anything because there was such an awful lot to say, and no language to say it in.
    — William Saroyan
    tags: language 
     
    It is simply in the nature of Armenian to study, to learn, to question, to speculate, to discover, to invent, to revise, to restore, to preserve, to make, and to give.
    — William Saroyan
    I do not know what makes a writer, but it probably isn't happiness.
    — William Saroyan
    tags: happiness 
     
    Be grateful for yourself...be thankful.
    — William Saroyan
    I sometimes think that rich men belong to another nationality entirely, no matter what their actual nationality happens to be. The nationality of the rich.
    — William Saroyan
    tags: men 
     
    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.
    — William Saroyan
    tags: hell 
     
    You write a hit play the same way you write a flop.
    — William Saroyan
    tags: write 
     
    We are not forced into unpleasant activities. We either allow them to come about or we encourage them to come about.
    — William Saroyan
    tags: encourage 
     
    The bicycle is the noblest invention of mankind.
    — William Saroyan
    tags: mankind 
     
    No city invites the heart to come to life as San Francisco does. Arrival in San Francisco is an experience in living.
    — William Saroyan
    tags: heart  living  experience 
     
    Live, for this is the time of your life.
    — William Saroyan
    tags: time  live 
     
    When I began to wait to live I really began to wait to die.
    — William Saroyan
    tags: live  die 
     
    Love doesn't have to be perfect. Even perfect, it is still the best thing there is, for the simple reason that it is the most common and constant truth of all, of all life, all law and order, the very thing which holds everything together, which permits everything to move along in time and be its wonderful or ordinary self.
    — William Saroyan
    tags: time  truth  self  law 
     
    I took to writing at an early age to escape from meaninglessness, uselessness, unimportance, insignificance, poverty, enslavement, ill health, despair, madness, and all manner of other unattractive, natural and inevitable things.
    — William Saroyan
    The whole world and every human being in it is everybody's business.
    — William Saroyan
    tags: world  human  business 
     
    Genius is play, and man's capacity for achieving genius is infinite, and many may achieve genius only through play.
    — William Saroyan
    tags: achieve  genius 
     
    What my children appear to be on the surface is no matter to me. I am fooled neither by gracious manners nor by bad manners. I am interested in what is truly beneath each kind of manners...I want my children to be people- each one separate- each one special- each one a pleasant and exciting variation of all the others
    — William Saroyan
    tags: children  child  bad 
     
    I don't think my writing is sentimental, although it is a very sentimental thing to be a human being.
    — William Saroyan
    tags: human  writing 
     
    You live and die according to what goes on in yourself, which no one else can even begin to know, not even father, mother, wife, son, or daughter.
    — William Saroyan
    tags: live  die  father  mother  son  daughter  wife 
     
    It takes a lot of rehearsing for a man to be himself.
    — William Saroyan
    tags: men 
     
    No enemy is so annoying as one who was a friend, or still is a friend,and there are many more of these than one would suspect.
    — William Saroyan
    tags: enemies  friends  enemy 
     
    Of course if you like your kids, if you love them from the moment they begin, you yourself begin all over again, in them, with them, and so there is something more to the world again.
    — William Saroyan
    tags: world  moment  kids 
     
    Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.
    — William Saroyan
    A man's ethnic identity has more to do with a personal awareness than with geography.
    — William Saroyan
    I care so much about everything that I care about nothing
    — William Saroyan
    tags: care 
     
    Every man in the world is better than someone else and not as good someone else.
    — William Saroyan
    tags: men  world 
     
    Everybody has got to die, but I have always believed an exception would be made in my case.
    — William Saroyan
    tags: die 
     
    Babies who have not yet been taught to speak any language are the only race of the earth, the race of man: all the rest is pretence, what we call civilization, hatred, fear, desire for strength.
    — William Saroyan
    One day in the afternoon of the world, glum death will come and sit in you, and when you get up to walk, you will be as glum as death, but if you're lucky, this will only make the fun better and the love greater.
    — William Saroyan
    tags: death  world  fun 
     
    To Armenians, half Armenians, quarter Armenians, and one-eight Armenians. Sixteen and thirty-second Armenians, and other winners, are likelier to be happy with a useful book
    — William Saroyan
    tags: book 
     
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