18 Total Quotes

William Saroyan Quotes

William Saroyan
Without pressure, the work doesn't get done at all.
William Saroyan
#Pressure

William Saroyan
Three times in my life I have been captured: by the orphanage, by school, and by the Army. But I'm mistaken. The fact is I was captured only once, when I was born, only that capture is also setting free, which is what this is actually all about. The
William Saroyan
#Army

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
#Advice

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?
William Saroyan
#Believe

William Saroyan
The role of art is to make a world which can be tolerated.
William Saroyan
#Art

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

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
#Life

William Saroyan
I see death as a private event, the destruction of the universe in the brain and in the senses of man, and I cannot see any man's death as a contributing factor in the success or failure of a military campaign.
William Saroyan
#Brain

William Saroyan
I can't hate for long. It isn't worth it.
William Saroyan
#Hate

William Saroyan
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
#Desirable

William Saroyan
Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure.
William Saroyan
#Failure

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

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

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
#Truth

William Saroyan
Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know.
William Saroyan
#Failure #Wisdom

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

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