„I don't like to see kids throw away their truth just because it isn't worth a dime in the open market.“
— William Saroyan American writer 1908 - 1981
"The Flashing Dragonfly" (1973)
Contexto: Whoever the kid had been, whoever had the grand attitude, has finally heeded the admonishment of parents, teachers, governments, religions, and the law: "You just change your attitude now please, young man." This transformation in kids — from flashing dragonflies, so to say, to sticky water-surface worms slowly slipping downstream — is noticed with pride by society and with mortification by God, which is a fantastic way of saying I don't like to see kids throw away their truth just because it isn't worth a dime in the open market.