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Quotes by E B White - (42 quotes)

E. B. White - From the Advice category:

Advice to young writers who want to get ahead without any annoying delays: don't write about Man, write about a man. (E. B. White)

E. B. White - From the Aging category:

Old age is a special problem for me because I've never been able to shed the mental image I have of myself - a lad of about 19. (E. B. White)

E. B. White - From the Audience category:

Your whole duty as a writer is to please and satisfy yourself, and the true writer always plays to an audience of one. (E. B. White)

E. B. White - From the Books category:

A library is a good place to go when you feel unhappy, for there, in a book, you may find encouragement and comfort. (E. B. White)

E. B. White - From the Change category:

The only sense that is common in the long run, is the sense of change and we all instinctively avoid it. (E. B. White)

E. B. White - From the Critics category:

The critic leaves at curtain fall / To find, in starting to review it, / He scarcely saw the play at all / For starting to review it. (E. B. White)

E. B. White - From the Desire category:

If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. It it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day. (E. B. White)

E. B. White - From the Drunkenness category:

- The Second Tree from the Corner...
Have you ever found anything that gives you relief?... 'Yes. A drink.' (E. B. White)

E. B. White - From the Earth category:

I have one share in corporate Earth, and I am nervous about the management. (E. B. White)

E. B. White - From the Earth category:

We would stand a better chance of survival if we accommodated ourselves to this planet and viewed it appreciatively instead of skeptically and dictatorially. (E. B. White)

E. B. White - From the Editing category:

The best writing is rewriting. (E. B. White)

E. B. White - From the Enthusiasm category:

A single overstatement, wherever or however it occurs, diminishes the whole, and a carefree superlative has the power to destroy, for the reader, the object of the writer's enthusiasm. (E. B. White)

E. B. White - From the Friendship category:

It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both. (E. B. White)

E. B. White - From the Genius category:

Genius is more often found in a cracked pot than in a whole one. (E. B. White)

E. B. White - From the Humour category:

Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it. (E. B. White)

E. B. White - From the Joy category:

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

E. B. White - From the Life category:

Life's accumulation is more discouraging than life itself, when stirred up. (E. B. White)

E. B. White - From the Love category:

All that I hope to say in books, all that I ever hope to say, is that I love the world. (E. B. White)

E. B. White - From the Mistakes category:

Sometimes a writer, like an acrobat, must try a trick that is too much for him. (E. B. White)

E. B. White - From the Mysteries category:

Writing is both mask and unveiling. (E. B. White)

E. B. White - From the Nature category:

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)

E. B. White - From the Obscurity category:

Be obscure clearly. Be wild of tongue in a way we can understand. (E. B. White)

E. B. White - From the Opportunity category:

The world is full of people who have never, since childhood, met an open doorway with an open mind. (E. B. White)

E. B. White - From the Planning category:

If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to save the world and a desire to savor the world. That makes it hard to plan the day. (E. B. White)

E. B. White - From the Poetry category:

A poet dares be just so clear and no clearer... He unzips the veil from beauty, but does not remove it. A poet utterly clear is a trifle glaring. (E. B. White)

E. B. White - From the Politics category:

Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time. (E. B. White)

E. B. White - From the Politics category:

I have yet to see a piece of writing, political or non-political, that does not have a slant. All writing slants the way a writer leans, and no man is born perpendicular. (E. B. White)

E. B. White - From the Procrastination category:

A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word to paper. (E. B. White)

E. B. White - From the Progress category:

There's no limit to how complicated things can get, on account of one thing always leading to another. (E. B. White)

E. B. White - From the Questions category:

A library is a good place to go when you feel bewildered or undecided, for there, in a book, you may have your question answered. (E. B. White)

E. B. White - From the Responsibility category:

As a writing man, or secretary, I have always felt charged with the safekeeping of all unexpected items of worldly and unworldly enchantment, as though I might be held personally responsible if even a small one were to be lost. (E. B. White)

E. B. White - From the Sadness category:

Books are good company, in sad times and happy times, for books are people - people who have managed to stay alive by hiding between the covers of a book. (E. B. White)

E. B. White - From the Style category:

A writer's style reveals something of his spirit, his habits, his capacites, his bias... it is the Self escaping into the open. (E. B. White)

E. B. White - From the Style category:

To achieve style, begin by affecting none. (E. B. White)

E. B. White - From the Success category:

Luck is not something you can mention in the presence of self-made men. (E. B. White)

E. B. White - From the Travel category:

Everything in life is somewhere else, and you get there in a car. (E. B. White)

E. B. White - From the Wonder category:

-Charlotte's Web...
We must always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder. (E. B. White)

E. B. White - From the Words category:

English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. (E. B. White)

E. B. White - From the Words category:

The young writer should learn to spot them: words that at first glance seem freighted with delicious meaning, but that soon burst in the air, leaving nothing but a memory of bright sound. (E. B. White)

E. B. White - From the Worry category:

I am reminded of the advice of my neighbor: Never worry about your heart till it stops beating. (E. B. White)

E. B. White - From the Writing category:

A writer is like a bean plant - he has his little day, and then gets stringy. (E. B. White)

E. B. White - From the Writing category:

Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar. (E. B. White)