100 + Hearting Hitting William Saroyan Quotes (The Human Comedy)

100 + Hearting Hitting William Saroyan Quotes (The Human Comedy)

William Saroyan Quotes – William Saroyan was an Armenian writer who wrote many books and stories whose themes revolve around the early life of a poor son of Armenian immigrants, portraying the western world of the United States. His stories were popular in the years of the Great Depression.

William Saroyan Biography

William Saroyan Biography

William Saroyan was born in Fresno, California, in the United States, the son of an Armenian immigrant, owns a vineyard and trained as a Presbyterian minister. His father, who emigrated to New Jersey to work in the field, died in 1911 due to a peritonitis, so William and his brothers went to an orphanage in Alameda. Six years later, the family was reunited with her mother in Fresno. In 1921, William lives a technical school to learn to type and fifteenth falls away. After seeing a few writings from his father to his mother let him, William decides to become a writer. He achieved further studies using their own resources, laboriously obtained from various informal jobs and more stable than he had in the Telegraph Company San Francisco, where he worked as an administrator.

Some of his first articles were published in The Overland Monthly and his first stories appeared in the 1930s, including “The Broken Wheel”, written under the pseudonym Sirak Goryan and published in the Armenian newspaper Hairenik in 1933. In February 1934 he began his quick literary career by selling the story “The Young Dared The Flying Trapeze” Story magazine. Stay overnight in one of America’s most popular writers, he tried his luck in the theater in 1939 and the next year won the Pulitzer Prize, which was basically rejected. His first long novel, The Human Comedy, was adapted in a movie, which earned him sixty thousand dollars of time, which spread widely among friends and relatives.

Many of his stories were based on childhood experiences among Armenian farmers in the San Joaquin Valley, or attempted to root up the issue of immigrants and, more generally, the human condition, always highly Cervantes from a point of view. My name is Aram book, a collection of stories about the little Aram Garoghlanian and his immigrant family, made of colorful characters, recognized as a great master of contemporary American fiction and a writer with a rare sensitivity to the inner substance shows that it becomes shaped of the ordinary life of every human being.

William Saroyan Works

Narrative

  • The Daring Young Man on the flying trapeze
  • Inhalation and exhalation
  • Three times three
  • Little Children
  • My Love Is Lord Hat
  • The problem with the tigers
  • My name or my name is Aram Aram
  • Saroyan Mythen
  • The Human Comedy
  • The Adventures of Wesley Jackson
  • The Assyrians
  • Tiger Tracy
  • One of these rock wagrams
  • Bike Rider in Beverly Hills
  • The Laughing Matter
  • Love
  • Mom, I love you
  • Daddy, you’re crazy
  • Come Here, There Goes, You Know Who
  • Gaston
  • One Day in the World’s Afternoon
  • The man with the heart in the Scottish Highlands and other stories
  • Days of Life and Death and Escape to the Moon
  • Places I’ve Done Time 1972
  • Accidental encounters
  • Death letters
  • Births
  • My name is Saroyan
  • Madness in the Family
  • Boys and girls together

Saroyan Theater – William Saroyan Theater List

  • My Heart is in the Highlands
  • The Time of Your Life, 1940 Pulitzer Prize, Critics Award for Theater in New York 1940.
  • The hero of the world
  • Old sweet song of love
  • The Circus Tennis
  • A special announcement
  • Circus metro
  • Sweeney on trees
  • Beautiful people
  • People come from light
  • Hello, is there anyone?
  • The suffering of small countries
  • The poetic situation in America
  • Jim Dandy
  • A decent birth, a happy funeral
  • The son
  • The slaughter of the innocents
  • The accident

Over 100 Golden William Saroyan Quotes

“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.”  By – 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.”  By – 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.”  By – 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.”  By – William Saroyan

“Be grateful for yourself…be thankful.”  By – William Saroyan

“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”  By – William Saroyan

“In the end, today is forever, yesterday is still today, and tomorrow is already today.”  By – William Saroyan

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 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.
William Saroyan

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

The role of art is to make a world which can be inhabited.
William Saroyan

I do not know what makes a writer, but it probably isn’t happiness.
William Saroyan

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

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

My birthplace was California, but I couldn’t forget Armenia, so what is one’s country? Is it land of the earth, in a specific place? Rivers there? Lakes? The sky there? The way the moon comes up there? And the sun? Is one’s country the trees, the vineyards, the grass, the birds, the rocks, the hills and summer and winter? Is it the animal rhythm of the living there? The huts and houses, the streets of cities, the tables and chairs, and the drinking of tea and talking? Is it the peach ripening in summer heat on the bough? Is it the dead in the earth there?
William Saroyan

Good people are good because they’ve come to wisdom through failure.
William Saroyan

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

I am interested in madness. I believe it is the biggest thing in the human race, and the most constant. How do you take away from a man his madness without also taking away his identity? Are we sure it is desirable for a man’s spirit not to be at war with itself, or that it is better to be serene and ready to go to dinner than to be excited and unwilling to stop for a cup of coffee, even?
William Saroyan

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

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….
William Saroyan

We didn’t say anything because there was such an awful lot to say, and no language to say it in.
William Saroyan

The writer who is a real writer is a rebel who never stops.
William Saroyan

Doctors don’t know everything really. They understand matter, not spirit. And you and I live in the spirit.
William Saroyan

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

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

You may tend to get cancer from the thing that makes you want to smoke so much, not from the smoking itself.
William Saroyan

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
William Saroyan

Everybody has got to die, but I have always believed an exception would be made in my case.
William Saroyan

It takes a lot of rehearsing for a man to be himself.
William Saroyan

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

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

I don’t have a name and I don’t have a plot. I have the typewriter and I have white paper and I have me, and that should add up to a novel.
William Saroyan

I’m no Armenian. I’m an American. Well, the truth is I am both and neither. I love Armenia and I love America and I belong to both, but I am only this: an inhabitant of the earth, and so are you, whoever you are. I tried to forget Armenia but I couldn’t do it.
William Saroyan

If you’re alive, you can’t be bored in San Francisco. If you’re not alive, San Francisco will bring you to life……San Francisco is a world to explore. It is a place where the heart can go on a delightful adventure. It is a city in which the spirit can know refreshment every day.
William Saroyan

I have an idea that most of all he is running away from love, because it’s too big and too demanding. He’s running away from us–from you, from me, from his sister, from himself, too. Who wants to be himself, who wants to be so little, and so captured and limited?
William Saroyan

A man’s ethnic identity has more to do with a personal awareness than with geography.
William Saroyan

When I began to wait to live I really began to wait to die.
William Saroyan

The best thing we have is sleep, of course, and what is sleep except the putting aside of everything tentative for another interval of final and everlasting truth? Sleep isn’t dying, but it is certainly keeping in tough with it.
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

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…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

You write a hit play the same way you write a flop.
William Saroyan

I always know a lie when I hear it, and the effect it has on me is no good at all. I go berserk just forcing myself not to go berserk, just trying to see truth in the lie, to see it in full context, and in a dimension in which it has got to be more than just a lie, possibly the profoundest kind of truth.
William Saroyan

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

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

But who can speak to God, or rather who can’t? The question is, who can get an answer?
William Saroyan

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

I care so much about everything that I care about nothing
William Saroyan

What can a man do to move along in some kind of grace through his days and years?
William Saroyan

Genius is play, and man’s capacity for achieving genius is infinite, and many may achieve genius only through play.
William Saroyan

Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.
William Saroyan

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

No city invites the heart to come to life as San Francisco does. Arrival in San Francisco is an experience in living.
William Saroyan

Live, for this is the time of your life.
William Saroyan

There is a small area of land in Asia Minor that is called Armenia, but it is not so. It is not Armenia. It is a place. There are only Armenians, and they inhabit the earth, not Armenia, since there is no Armenia. There is no America and there is no England, and no France, and no Italy. There is only the earth.

If you give to a thief he cannot steal from you, and he is no longer a thief.
William Saroyan

I don’t think my writing is sentimental, although it is a very sentimental thing to be a human being.
William Saroyan

The bicycle is the noblest invention of mankind.
William Saroyan

Seek goodness everywhere, and when it is found, bring it out of its hiding place and let it be free and unashamed.
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.
William Saroyan

The whole world and every human being in it is everybody’s business.
William Saroyan

The order I found was the order of disorder
William Saroyan

Each book can make a life or a fragment of it more beautiful.
William Saroyan

We are not forced into unpleasant activities. We either allow them to come about or we encourage them to come about.
William Saroyan

People is all everything is, all it has ever been, all it can ever be.
William Saroyan

I became a writer because during several of the most important years of my life, writing seemed to me to be the most unreal, unattractive, and unecessary idea ever imposed upon the human race.
William Saroyan

What a lonely and silly thing it is to be an Armenian writer in America.
William Saroyan

I saw rich beggars and poor beggars, proud beggars and humble beggars, fat beggars and thin beggars, healthy beggars and sick beggars, whole beggars and crippled beggars, wise beggars and stupid beggars. I saw amateur beggars and professional beggars. A professional beggar is a beggar who begs for a living.
William Saroyan

Of all the things I love to taste, sweetest is the kiss of love.
William Saroyan

If you’re alive, you can’t be bored in San Francisco. If you’re not alive, San Francisco will bring you to life.
William Saroyan

Christmas is sights, especially the sights of Christmas reflected in the eyes of a child.
William Saroyan

San Francisco itself is art, above all literary art. Every block is a short story, every hill a novel. Every home a poem, every dweller within immortal. That is the whole truth.
William Saroyan

Jack Benny had style from the beginning. He stood straight and walked kind of sideways as if he were being gently shoved by a touch of genius.
William Saroyan

Human memory works its own wheel, and stops where it will, entirely without reference to the last stop, and with no connection with the next.
William Saroyan

I can’t hate for long. It isn’t worth it.
William Saroyan

Every man is correct in asking God why he is stuck with himself, and his rotten luck.
William Saroyan

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

The best that can be said for anybody is probably that you misunderstood him favorably.
William Saroyan

Chance acquaintances are sometimes the most memorable, for brief friendships have such definite starting and stopping points that they take on a quality of art, of a whole thing, which cannot be broken or spoiled.
William Saroyan

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.
William Saroyan

I never knew teachers are human beings like everybody else– and better too!
William Saroyan

Yes, the idiot is indeed the good man, but only because he doesn’t know any better.
William Saroyan

Whoever the kid had been, whoever 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.” 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, which is a fantastic way of saying I don’t like to see kids throw away their truth just because it isn’t worth a dime in the open market.
William Saroyan

I know you will remember this — that nothing good ever ends. If it did, there would be no people in the world — no life at all, anywhere. And the world is full of people and full of wonderful life.
William Saroyan

San Francisco is a world to explore. It is a place where the heart can go on a delightful adventure.
William Saroyan

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

Kids are always the only future the human race has.
William Saroyan

Everything alive is part of each of us, and many things which do not move as we move are part of us. The sun is part of us, the earth, the sky, the stars, the rivers, and the oceans. All things are part of us, and we have come here to enjoy them and to thank God for them.
William Saroyan

All I can do is write my stories for mankind, and rest easy.
William Saroyan

Americans still believe they are cut out to be successful-in everything: love, love-making, luck, luck-giving, money-making, sense-making, cancer-avoiding, clothes-wearing, car-driving, and so on.
William Saroyan

Everything and everybody is sooner or later identified, defined, and put in perspective. The truth as always is simultaneously better and worse than what the popular myth-making has it.
William Saroyan

Sometimes the most intelligent thing is not to do anything, certainly nothing loaded with the imbecility of emotionality.
William Saroyan

There’s a pretty woman for ever lucky man in the world: every man in the world is a lucky man if he only knew it, so why waste time?
William Saroyan

Baseball is caring. Player and fan alike must care, or there is no game. If there’s no game, there’s no pennant race and no World Series. And for all any of us know there might soon be no nation at all. It is good to care – in any dimension. More Americans put their caring into baseball than into anything else I can think of – and most put at least a little of it there. Baseball can be trusted, as great art can, and bad art can’t.
William Saroyan

What can I tell you, except the stupid little I know?
William Saroyan

People are people. Don’t be afraid of them.
William Saroyan.

This is what drives a young writer out of his head, this feeling that nothing is being said.
William Saroyan

The child race is fresh, eager, interested, innocent, imaginative, healthy and full of faith, where the adult race, more often than not, is stale, spiritually debauched, unimaginative, unhealthy, and without faith.
William Saroyan

Two years ago your father died, Ulysses. But as long as we are alive, as long as we are together, as long as two of us are left, and remember him, nothing in the world can take him from us.
William Saroyan

All writers are discontent. That’s because they’re aware of a potential and believe they’re not reaching it.
William Saroyan

We get very little wisdom from success, you know.
William Saroyan

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I love the bicycle. I always have. I can think of no sincere, decent human being, male or female, young or old, saintly or sinful, who can resist the bicycle.
William Saroyan

Nobody, but nobody, is going to tell me I’m not the most. I am. I was the most when everybody else was struggling bitterly to become a little.
William Saroyan

I believe that time, with its infinite understanding, will one day forgive me.
William Saroyan

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.
William Saroyan

I can’t decide for you whether or not you have got to write, but if anything in the world, war, or pestilence, or famine, or private hunger, or anything, can stop you from writing, then don’t write . . . because if anything can even begin to keep you from writing you aren’t a writer and you’ll be in a hell of a mess until you find out. If you are a writer, you’ll still be in a hell of a mess, but you’ll have better reasons.
William Saroyan

You must remember always to give, of everything you have. You must give foolishly even. You must be extravagant. You must give to all who come into your life. Then nothing and no one shall have power to cheat you of anything, for if you give to a thief, he cannot steal from you, and he himself is then no longer a thief. And the more you give, the more you will have to give.
William Saroyan

I believe in anything that works.
William Saroyan

I cannot see the war as historians see it. Those clever fellows study all the facts and they see the war as a large thing, one of the biggest events in the legend of the man, something general, involving multitudes.
William Saroyan

I have managed to conceal my madness fairly effectively, and as far as I know it hasn’t hurt anybody badly, for which I am grateful.
William Saroyan

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

My work has always been the product of my time.
William Saroyan

Sunday is the day people go quietly mad, one way or another.
William Saroyan

I see life as one life at one time, so many millions simultaneously, all over the earth.
William Saroyan

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

The Tax Collector’s letters are invariably mimeographed, and all they say is that you still haven’t paid him.
William Saroyan

What a people talk about means something. What they don’t talk about means something.
William Saroyan

I used to throw things out, saying, ‘This isn’t great.’ It didn’t occur to me that it didn’t have to be great.
William Saroyan

Armenag Saroyan was the failed poet, the failed Presbyterian preacher, the failed American, the failed theological student.
William Saroyan

Armenag Saroyan. A good man of whom the worst that anybody was willing to say, was that he was too good for this world.
William Saroyan

My work is writing, but my real work is being.
William Saroyan

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.
William Saroyan

In the most commonplace, tiresome, ridiculous, malicious, coarse, crude, or even crooked people or events I had to seek out rare things, good things, comic things, and I did so.
William Saroyan

Writers are a fascinating breed, because there are so many kinds of them, they are made by so many circumstances, conditions, and mysteries, and there are so many ways for writing to be done.
William Saroyan

Even after you’ve won fame and fortune, every time you write you’ve got to write, there’s no shortcut, you have to start your career all over again.
William Saroyan

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.
William Saroyan

I have never received a telephone call that justified the excitement and fuss of the electronics involved. If I can’t see somebody I love, for instance, such as a daughter, or a son, I would rather receive a letter.
William Saroyan

Lionel whispered because he was under the impression that it was out of respect for books, not consideration for readers.
William Saroyan

The mad also laugh, or is that what Freud and the others discovered perhaps, that only the mad laugh?
William Saroyan

All things lie dark in possibility.
William Saroyan

It is a pity, in my opinion, that no prize exists for the writer who best refrains from adding to the world’s bad books.
William Saroyan

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The people you like when you meet them and while you know them, and the people you remember fondly, are invariably people who have a sense of comedy, not just a sense of humor.
William Saroyan

Nothing good ever ends.
William Saroyan

There could be no extreme vanity in my recognition of myself, if in fact there could be any at all.
William Saroyan.

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

All of the sudden,” he said, “I feel different– not like I ever felt before. Even when Papa died I didn’t feel this way. In two days everything is changed. I’m lonely and I don’t now what I’m lonely for
William Saroyan

Art is what is irresistible.
William Saroyan

It is impossible not to notice that our world is tormented by failure, hate, guilt, and fear.
William Saroyan.

Standing at the edge of our city, a man could feel that we had made this place of streets and dwellings in the stillness of the desert, and that we had done a brave thing… Or a man could feel that we had made this city in the desert and that it was a fake thing and that our lives were empty lives, and that we were the contemporaries of the jack rabbits.
William Saroyan

How do you write? You write, man, you write, that’s how, and you do it the way the old English walnut tree puts forth leaf and fruit every year by the thousands. . . . If you practice an art faithfully, it will make you wise, and most writers can use a little wising up.
William Saroyan

The people you hate, well, this is the question about such people: why do you hate them?
William Saroyan

The purpose of writing is both to keep up with life and to run ahead of it. I am little comfort to myself, although I am the only comfort I have, excepting perhaps streets, clouds, the sun, the faces and voices of kids and the aged, and similar accidents of beauty, innocence, truth and loneliness.
William Saroyan

I am enormously wise and abysmally ignorant
William Saroyan

You must not be unkind, especially when it happens that you’re right.
William Saroyan

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.
William Saroyan

There is little pride in writers. They know they are human and shall some day die and be forgotten. Knowing all this a writer is gentle and kindly where another man is severe and unkind.
William Saroyan

Indians are born with an instinct for riding, rowing, hunting, fishing, and swimming. Americans are born with an instinct for fooling around with machines.
William Saroyan

The events of life have never fallen into the form of the short story or the form of the poem, or into any other form.Your own consciousness is the only form you need.
William Saroyan

Every artist is in everything he creates, and indeed if the truth is told, every person is in his life, in his work, whatever his work may be, and this is visible in his face, figure, stance, movement, and totality.
William Saroyan