E. B. White

1899 - 1985

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

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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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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

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A Quote by E. B. White on democracy, people, suspicion, and time

Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are fight more than half of the time.

E. B. White (1899 - 1985)

Source: The Wild Flag, 1946

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A Quote by E. B. White on literature

I don't know which is more discouraging, literature or chickens.

E. B. White (1899 - 1985)

Source: Letter to James Thurber, November 18, 1938

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A Quote by E. B. White on loyalty

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It is easier for a man to be loyal to his club than to his planet; the bylaws are shorter, and he is personally acquainted with the other members.

E. B. White (1899 - 1985)

Source: One Man’s Meat, 1944

Contributed by: Zaady

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