E. B. White

1899 - 1985

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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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

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A Quote by E. B. White on automobiles and life

Everything in life is somewhere else, and you get there in a car.

E. B. White (1899 - 1985)

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A Quote by E. B. White on life and wives

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Commuter - one who spends his life In riding to and from his wife; A man who shaves and takes a train And then rides back to shave again.

E. B. White (1899 - 1985)

Source: Commuter, 1929

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A Quote by E. B. White on machines, men, and work

Computing machines perhaps can do the work of a dozen ordinary men, but there is no machine that can do the work of one extraordinary man.

E. B. White (1899 - 1985)

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