E. B. White

1899 - 1985

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 justice, life, love, and meaning

Life's meaning has always eluded me and I guess always will. But I love it just the same.

E. B. White (1899 - 1985)

Source: Letter to Mary Virginia Parrish, August 29, 1969

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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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A Quote by E. B. White on familiarity, heart, and needs

From morning till night, sounds drift from the kitchen, most of them familiar and comforting. . . . On days when warmth is the most important need of the human heart, the kitchen is the place you can find it; it dries the wet sock, it cools the hot little brain.

E. B. White (1899 - 1985)

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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)

Contributed by: Zaady

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