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In this time of conflict, Forever Saroyan encourages our followers to support Near East Foundation at https://www.neareast.org as they support education, peacebuilding, job and income creation, and community empowerment for people in some of the Middle East and North Africa’s most impoverished areas.

Send your donation acknowledgement of $35 dollars or more, along with your mailing address, to  and we'll gift a copy of The Armenian & The Armenian poster, shown above, featuring William Saroyan's most oft-cited quotation. The poster is 18.5 x 26 inches and is suitable for framing. 

 


The Armenian and The Armenian

by William Saroyan

I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose history is ended, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, whose literature is unread, whose music is unheard, whose prayers are no longer uttered.

Go ahead, destroy this race.  Let us say that it is again 1915.  There is war in the world.  Destroy Armenia.  See if you can do it.  Send them from their homes into the desert.  Let them have neither bread nor water.  Burn their houses and their churches.  See if they will not live again.  See if they will not laugh again.  See if the race will not live again when two of them meet in a beer parlor, twenty years after, and laugh, and speak in their tongue.  Go ahead, see if you can do anything about it.  See if you can stop them from mocking the big ideas of the world, you sons of bitches, a couple of Armenians talking in the world, go ahead and try to destroy them.

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