William Saroyan

Quotes
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A man's ethnic identity has more to do with a personal awareness than with geography. Human Nature ;Ethnic Groups
A man's ethnic identity has more to do with a personal awareness than with geography. Human Nature
All things lie dark in possibility. Miscellaneous
Art and politics must move closer together. Reflection and action must be equally valid in good men if history is not to take one course and art another. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Art and religion would not be able to stop war any more than they would be able to stop tomorrow Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Don't forget that some things count more than other things. Policy & Policy Making ;Budgets & Budgeting
Don't forget that some things count more than other things. Budgets & Budgeting
Every man alive in the world is a beggar of one sort or another, every last one of them, great and small. The priest begs God for grace, and the king begs something for something. Sometimes he begs the people for loyalty, sometimes he begs God to forgive him Equality & Equal Opportunity
Every man in the world is better than someone else and not as good as someone else. Equality & Equal Opportunity
Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
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. I see it as a large thing too, only I break it into small units of one man at a time, and see it as a large and monstrous thing for each man involved. I see the war as death in one form or another for men dressed as soldiers, and all the men who survived the war, including myself, I see as men who died with their brothers, dressed as soldiers History
Indians are born with an instinct for riding, rowing, hunting, fishing, and swimming. Americans are born with an instinct for fooling around with machines. Human Nature ;Miscellaneous
It is impossible not to notice that our world is tormented by failure, hate, guilt, and fear. Human Nature
Nobody seemed to be interested in anything except making money. Human Nature
Rich men belong to another nationality entirely, no matter what their actual nationality happens to be. The nationality of the rich. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
Somewhere among every man's ancestors is a prince or a lord, a priest or a saint, and don't forget it. Wake up! Inherit the wealth of your ancestors!.. Stop living like a mouse, live like the rich people do. Families, Children & Parenting
The whole world and every human being in it is everybody's business Foreign Aid
The whole world and every human being in it is everybody's business. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
There was a touch of anxiety in the whole human race about its future. Human Nature