E. B. White

1899 - 1985

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

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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

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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

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A Quote by E. B. White on planning

From three to four, he planned to stand perfectly still and think of what it was like to be alive.

E. B. White (1899 - 1985)

Source: Wilbur the Pig in Charlotte's Web

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A Quote by E. B. White on mortality and truth

I have occasionally had the exquisite thrill of putting my finger on a little capsule of truth, and heard it give the faint squeak of mortality under my pressure.

E. B. White (1899 - 1985)

Source: Letter to Stanley Hart White, January, 1929

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A Quote by E. B. White on garden and revolution

Our vegetable garden is coming along well, with radishes and beans up, and we are less worried about revolution that we used to be.

E. B. White (1899 - 1985)

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A Quote by E. B. White on future, nature, optimism, and time

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)

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A Quote by E. B. White on friendship and ingratitude

Geese are friends to no one, they bad mouth everybody and everything. But they are companionable once you get used to their ingratitude and false accusations.

E. B. White (1899 - 1985)

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A Quote by E. B. White on acceptance, principles, and value

I am often mad, but I would hate to be nothing but mad: and I think I would lose what little value I may have as a writer if I were to refuse, as a matter of principle, to accept the warming rays of the sun, and to report them, whenever, and if ever, they happen to strike me.

E. B. White (1899 - 1985)

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