William Saroyan quotes

  • Be grateful for yourself...be thankful.
    -- William Saroyan

    #Gratitude #Grateful #Being Thankful

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

    #Writing

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

    #Inspirational #Motivational #Wisdom

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

    #People

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

    #Cancer #Smoking #Want

  • 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

    #Adventure #Heart #Cities

  • 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

    #Life #Sorrow #Delight

  • 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

    #Anger #Laughing #Trying

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

    #Heart #Cities #San Francisco

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

    #Time Of Your Life

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

    #Men #Play #May

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

    #Men #Self #Luck

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

    #Art #Roles #World

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

    #Happiness #Gratitude #Cheer

  • 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

    #Children #Kids #World

  • 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

    #San Francisco #Bored #Alive

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

    #Hiding #Goodness #Found

  • 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

    #Spiritual #Cheer #Men

  • 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

    #Art #Block #Home

  • 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

    #Giving #Study #Armenians

  • 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

    #Laughing #People #Upset

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

    #Beautiful #Book #Fragments

  • 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

    #Heart #Shining #Sorrow

  • 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

    #Children #Race #Healthy

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

    #Life #Men

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

    #Real #Rebel

  • 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.
    -- William Saroyan

    #Writing #Despair #Age

  • The bicycle is the noblest invention of mankind.
    -- William Saroyan

    #Invention #Biking #Mankind