"I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia. See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia."
Sorry, I had to remove these stories at the request of the William Saroyan foundation at Stanford. I hope it means they will be doing some reprints, because I think they have really dropped the ball on making his writing easily available...
For a tour of Saroyan's Home/Museum/Library/Resource Center in San Francisco you can call or e-mail his niece Jacqueline Kazarian who has restored it, and gives tours by appointment only. +(415) 664-4418 or +(415) 664-4411