William Saroyan was born 31 August 1908, and died 18 May 1981.
- The role of art is to make a world which can be inhabited.
- How do you write? You write, man, you write, that’s how…If you practice an art faithfully it will make you wise, and most writers can use a little wising up.
- 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.
- I don’t think my writing is sentimental, although it is a very sentimental thing to be a human being.
- I began to write in the first place because I expected everything to change, and I wanted to have things in writing the way they had been. Just a little things, of course. A little of my little.
- I do not know what makes a writer, but it probably isn’t happiness.
- The writer is a spiritual anarchist, as in the depth of his soul every man is. He is discontented with everything and everybody. The writer is everybody’s best friend and only true enemy — the good and great enemy. He neither walks with the multitude nor cheers with them. The writer who is a writer is a rebel who never stops.
- The purpose of writing is both to keep up with life and to run ahead of it.
- Everybody has to die, but I always believed an exception would be made in my case. Now what?
- All writers are discontented with their work as it’s being made. That’s because they’re aware of a potential and believe they’re not reaching it. But the reader is not aware of the potential, so it makes no difference to him.
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