E. B. White

1899 - 1985

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

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

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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

Contributed by: Zaady

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)

Contributed by: Zaady

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)

Contributed by: Zaady

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)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by E. B. White on darkness, society, and weather

Sailors . . . say the weather is a great bluffer. I guess the same is true of our human society - things can look dark, then a break shows in the clouds, and all is changed.

E. B. White (1899 - 1985)

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

Contributed by: Zaady

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