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William Saroyan

Geburtstag: 31. August 1908
Todesdatum: 18. Mai 1981

William Saroyan war ein US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller armenischer Herkunft.

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„Nur Narren verachten die Lüge.“ Die Pariser Komödie

„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.“


„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.“ The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze and Other Stories

„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.“
The Time Of Your Life

„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.“

„The greatest happiness you can have is knowing that you do not necessarily require happiness.“ My Heart's in the Highlands

„It takes a lot of rehearsing for a man to be himself.“

„I care so much about everything that I care about nothing“ My Heart's in the Highlands


„I do not know what makes a writer, but it probably isn't happiness.“ The Bicycle Rider In Beverly Hills

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

„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.“ Madness in the Family: Stories

„Remember that every man is a variation of yourself“


„You must not be unkind, especially when it happens that you're right.“ The Human Comedy

„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.“

„I can't hate for long. It isn't worth it.“

„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.“ The Human Comedy

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