Saroyan was Johnny Depp's favorite writer

03 Mar 2019

Famous American actor, film director, musician, screenwriter, and producer Johnny Depp profoundly sympathizes with the works of William Saroyan.

Johnny Depp "I want something that every parent wants for their child. For them to be happy and not to get into the bad sides of life. My favorite book is William Saroyan's "Path of Your Life" book.

The book starts with the following thought: "Live without causing evil to others, and do not let evil be done to you." 

“In the time of your life, live—so that in that good time there shall be no ugliness or death for yourself or for any life your life touches. Seek goodness everywhere, and when it is found, bring it out of its hiding place and let it be free and unashamed.Place in matter and in flesh the least of the values, for these are the things that hold death and must pass away. Discover in all things that which shines and is beyond corruption. Encourage virtue in whatever heart it may have been driven into secrecy and sorrow by the shame and terror of the world. Ignore the obvious, for it is unworthy of the clear eye and the kindly heart. Be the inferior of no man, or of any men be superior. Remember that every man is a variation of yourself. No man's guilt is not yours, nor is any man's innocence a thing apart. Despise evil and ungodliness, but not men of ungodliness or evil. These, understand. Have no shame in being kindly and gentle but if the time comes in the time of your life to kill, kill and have no regret.In the time of your life, live—so that in that wondrous time you shall not add to the misery and sorrow of the world, but shall smile to the infinite delight and mystery of it.”

In a 2016 interview, Johnny Depp discussed meeting his all-time favorite actor Marlon Brando for the first time and how they bonded over the fact they both carried this page folded inside their wallets and used it as a roadmap to living their lives. William Saroyan's "Human Comedy" book is tattooed on Depp's right hand when he portrays  Jack Sparrow as well.