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“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
“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.”
William Saroyan
“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
“In the time of your life, live—so that in that good time there shall be no ugliness or death for yourself or for any life your life touches. Seek goodness everywhere, and when it is found, bring it out of its hiding place and let it be free and unashamed.

Place in matter and in flesh the least of the values, for these are the things that hold death and must pass away. Discover in all things that which shines and is beyond corruption. Encourage virtue in whatever heart it may have been driven into secrecy and sorrow by the shame and terror of the world. Ignore the obvious, for it is unworthy of the clear eye and the kindly heart.

Be the inferior of no man, or of any men be 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. Despise evil and ungodliness, but not men of ungodliness or evil. These, understand. Have no shame in being kindly and gentle but if the time comes in the time of your life to kill, kill and have no regret.

In the time of your life, live—so that in that wondrous time you shall not add to the misery and sorrow of the world, but shall smile to the infinite delight and mystery of it.”
William Saroyan, The Time Of Your Life
“The greatest happiness you can have is knowing that you do not necessarily require happiness.”
William Saroyan, My Heart's in the Highlands
“It takes a lot of rehearsing for a man to be himself.”
William Saroyan
“I care so much about everything that I care about nothing”
William Saroyan, My Heart's in the Highlands
tags: care
“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.”
William Saroyan
“Everybody has got to die, but I have always believed an exception would be made in my case.”
William Saroyan
tags: death
“She cried a little, but only inside, because long ago she had decided she didn't like crying because if you ever started to cry it seemed as if there was so much to cry about you almost couldn't stop, and she didn't like that at all.”
William Saroyan, Madness in the Family: Stories
“I do not know what makes a writer, but it probably isn't happiness.”
William Saroyan, The Bicycle Rider In Beverly Hills
“Remember that every man is a variation of yourself”
William Saroyan
“I can't hate for long. It isn't worth it.”
William Saroyan
“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
“You must not be unkind, especially when it happens that you're right.”
William Saroyan, The Human Comedy
“We didn't say anything because there was such an awful lot to say, and no language to say it in.”
William Saroyan
“In the time of your life, live—so that in that wondrous time you shall not add to the misery and sorrow of the world, but shall smile to the infinite delight and mystery of it."

William Saroyan
“What do you mean, what's the matter with him? Nothing's the matter with him, everything's the matter with him, the same as it is with everybody else. He's just fine. He gets overwhelmed now and then, and he doesn't know how to say what he feels or means, so he cries and runs off a little, trying to find out where to go, for God's sake. Where can you go?”
William Saroyan, Madness in the Family: Stories
“Sometimes the most intelligent thing is not to do anything, certainly nothing loaded with the imbecility of emotionality.”
William Saroyan, Madness in the Family: Stories
“Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure.”
William Saroyan
“Unless a man has pity he is not truly a man. If a man has not wept at the worlds pain he is only half a man, and there will always be pain in the world, knowing this does not mean that a man shall dispair. A good man will seek to take pain out of things. A foolish man will not even notice it, except in himself, and the poor unfortunate evil man will drive pain deeper into things and spread it about wherever he goes.”
William Saroyan
“You may tend to get cancer from the thing that makes you want to smoke so much, not from the smoking itself.”
William Saroyan, Not Dying: An Autobiographical Interlude
“Cowards are nice, they're interesting, they're gentle, they wouldn't think of shooting down people in a parade from a tower. They want to live, so they can see their kids. They're very brave.”
William Saroyan, Madness in the Family: Stories
“The order I found was the order of disorder”
William Saroyan
“The writer who is a real writer is a rebel who never stops.”
William Saroyan
“The role of art is to make a world which can be inhabited.”
William Saroyan
“Each book can make a life or a fragment of it more beautiful.”
William Saroyan
“What can I tell you, except the stupid little I know?”
William Saroyan, Madness in the Family: Stories
“It is impossible not to notice that our world is tormented by failure, hate, guilt, and fear.”
William Saroyan
“I am enormously wise and abysmally ignorant”
William Saroyan, My Heart's in the Highlands

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