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

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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)

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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A Quote by E. B. White on acceptance, atoms, beginning, communism, fighting, loyalty, tyranny, and world

We grow tyrannical fighting tyranny. . . . The most alarming spectacle today is not the spectacle of the atomic bomb in an unfederated world, it is the spectacle of the Americans beginning to accept the device of loyalty oaths and witch hunts, beginning to call anybody they don't like a Communist.

E. B. White (1899 - 1985)

Source: Letter to Janice White, April 27, 1952

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by E. B. White on compassion, hope, time, and women

As long as there is one upright man, as long as there is one compassionate woman, the contagion may spread and the scene is not desolate. Hope is the thing that is left us in a bad time.

E. B. White (1899 - 1985)

Source: Letter to Mr. Nadeau, March 30, 1973

Contributed by: Zaady

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