E. B. White

1899 - 1985

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 challenge and life

An unhatched egg is to me the greatest challenge in life.

E. B. White (1899 - 1985)

Source: Letter to Reginald Allen, March 5, 1973

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A Quote by E. B. White on joy

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We should all do what, in the long run, gives us joy, even if it is only picking grapes or sorting laundry.

E. B. White (1899 - 1985)

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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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A Quote by E. B. White on glory, love, seasons, and thought

It was the best place to be, thought Wilbur, this warm delicious cellar, with the garrulous geese, the changing seasons, the heat of the sun, the passage of swallows, the nearness of rats, the sameness of sheep, the love of spiders, the smell of manure, and the glory of everything.

E. B. White (1899 - 1985)

Source: Charlotte's Web, 1952, ch. 22

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A Quote by E. B. White on thought

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Before the seed there comes the thought of bloom.

E. B. White (1899 - 1985)

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