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William Saroyan

(1908–1981)

Armenian-American dramatist and writer

“You get on this simple machine, you hold the handlebars, you press down on the pedals with your feet, and you go. That’s what you do, and to a boy of eight or nine, going is the thing, going is living. It is experience, art, observation. It is even religion, even if you are an atheist or think you are. As for myself, I have never had any impulse to confine myself to any such theory of disbelief. I am a believer, and my faith is enlarged by the awesome reality of the bicycle, and by the meaning of ownership and usage of the contraption, or marvel.”

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source: foreword, The Noiseless Tenor: The Bicycle in Literature, ed. by James E. Starrs (New Jersey: Cornwall Books, 1982), 12.

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