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)

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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)

Contributed by: Zaady

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

A Quote by E. B. White on day and plants

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A writer is like a bean plant - he has his day and then becomes stringy.

E. B. White (1899 - 1985)

Source: Letter to Harold Ross, September 19, 1938

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by E. B. White on age, belief, day, employees, fear, ideas, inconsistency, jobs, men, order, and theory

I am a member of a party of one, and I live in an age of fear. Nothing lately has unsettled my party and raised my fears as much as your editorial, on Thanksgiving Day, suggesting that employees should be required to state their beliefs in order to hold their jobs. The idea is inconsistent with our constitutional theory and has been stubbornly opposed by watchful men since the early days of the Republic.

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 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

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