„The writer is a spiritual anarchist, as in the depth of his soul every man is.“

The William Saroyan Reader (1958)
Contexto: 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.

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