E. B. White

1899 - 1985

A Quote by E. B. White on friend, web, spider, mess, trap, heaven, life, birth, and death

You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing. I wove my webs for you because I liked you. After all, what's a life, anyway? We're born, we live a little while, we die. A spider's life can't help being something of a mess, with all this trapping and eating flies. By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anyone's life can stand a little of that.

E. B. White (1899 - 1985)

Source: Charlotte's Web

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A Quote by E. B. White on nature

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I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent
less time proving that he can outwit nature and more time tasting her
sweetness and respecting her seniority.

E. B. White (1899 - 1985)

Source: http://www.biology-online.org

Contributed by: Cody

A Quote by E. B. White

if the world were merely seductive, that would be easy.
if the world were merely challenging, that would be no problem.
but i arise in the morning torn between a desire to change the world and a desire to enjoy the world.
this makes it very hard to plan the day.

E. B. White (1899 - 1985)

Contributed by: afroGerm

A Quote by E. B. White on clarity and obscurity

Be obscure clearly.

E. B. White (1899 - 1985)

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A Quote by E. B. White on change, day, determination, difficulty, good, hell, planning, time, and world

I get up every morning determined to both change the world and to have one hell of a good time. Sometimes, this makes planning the day difficult.

E. B. White (1899 - 1985)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by E. B. White on communism, control, health, loyalty, needs, praise, security, testing, and thought

Security, for me, took a tumble not when I read that there were Communists in Hollywood but when I read your editorial in praise of loyalty testing and thought control. If a man is in health, he doesn't need to take anybody else's temperature to know where he is going.

E. B. White (1899 - 1985)

Source: Letter to the New York Herald Tribune, November 29, 1947

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by E. B. White on experience, feeling, poets, and reading

All poets who, when reading from their own works,m experience a choked feeling, are major. For that matter, all poets who read from their own works are major, whether they choke or not.

E. B. White (1899 - 1985)

Source: How to Tell a Major Poet from a Minor Poet

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by E. B. White on time, world, and writing

A man who publishes his letters becomes a nudist - nothing shields him from the world's gaze except his bare skin. A writer, writing away, can always fix things up to make himself more presentable, but a man who has written a letter is stuck with it for all time.

E. B. White (1899 - 1985)

Source: Letter to Corona Machemer, June 11, 1975

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by E. B. White on devil and philosophy

The essayist . . . can pull on any sort of shirt, be any sort of person, according to his mood or his subject matter - philosopher, scold, jester, raconteur, confidant, pundit, devil's advocate, enthusiast.

E. B. White (1899 - 1985)

Source: Essays of E. B. White, 1977

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by E. B. White on dreams and future

The future . . . seems to me no unified dream but a mince pie, long in the baking, never quite done.

E. B. White (1899 - 1985)

Source: One Man’s Meat, 1944

Contributed by: Zaady

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