Quotations by E. B. White

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Born: Tuesday, July 11, 1899
Died: Tuesday, October 1, 1985 (86 years old)
Profession: Writer
Nationality: American


A good farmer is nothing more nor less than a handy man with a sense of humus.
- E. B. White
(Keywords: Man, Nothing, Sense)

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

All we need is a meteorologist who has once been soaked to the skin without ill effect. No one can write knowingly of the weather who walks bent over on wet days.
- E. B. White
(Keywords: Effect, Skin, Weather)

Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.
- E. B. White
(Keywords: Humor, People)

Be obscure clearly.
- E. B. White

Commas in The New Yorker fall with the precision of knives in a circus act, outlining the victim.
- E. B. White
(Keywords: Act)

Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time.
- E. B. White
(Keywords: Time, People, Democracy, Right, Suspicion)

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

Everything in life is somewhere else, and you get there in a car.
- E. B. White
(Keywords: Car, Life)

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

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
(Keywords: Day, Desire, World)

I can only assume that your editorial writer tripped over the First Amendment and thought it was the office cat.
- E. B. White
(Keywords: Thought, First, Office, Writer)

I don't know which is more discouraging, literature or chickens.
- E. B. White
(Keywords: Literature)

I see nothing in space as promising as the view from a Ferris wheel.
- E. B. White
(Keywords: Nothing, Space)

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
(Keywords: Nature, Time, Future, Man, Sweetness)

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
(Keywords: Man)

It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer.
- E. B. White
(Keywords: Friend, Writer)

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

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
(Keywords: Age, Old)

One of the most time-consuming things is to have an enemy.
- E. B. White
(Keywords: Time, Enemy)

Prejudice is a great time saver. You can form opinions without having to get the facts.
- E. B. White
(Keywords: Time, Facts, Opinions, Prejudice)

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
(Keywords: Play)

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

The terror of the atom age is not the violence of the new power but the speed of man's adjustment to it, the speed of his acceptance.
- E. B. White
(Keywords: Age, Power, Acceptance, Man, Terror, Violence)

The time not to become a father is eighteen years before a war.
- E. B. White
(Keywords: Time, War, Father, Years)

The trouble with the profit system has always been that it was highly unprofitable to most people.
- E. B. White
(Keywords: People, Profit, Trouble)

The world is full of people who have never, since childhood, met an open doorway with an open mind.
- E. B. White
(Keywords: People, Childhood, Mind, Open, World)

The world organization debates disarmament in one room and, in the next room, moves the knights and pawns that make national arms imperative.
- E. B. White
(Keywords: World)

There is nothing more likely to start disagreement among people or countries than an agreement.
- E. B. White
(Keywords: People, Agreement, Countries, Nothing)

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

To perceive Christmas through its wrappings becomes more difficult with every year.
- E. B. White
(Keywords: Christmas)

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
(Keywords: Joy)

Whatever else an American believes or disbelieves about himself, he is absolutely sure he has a sense of humor.
- E. B. White
(Keywords: Humor, American, Sense)

When I was a child people simply looked about them and were moderately happy; today they peer beyond the seven seas, bury themselves waist deep in tidings, and by and large what they see and hear makes them unutterably sad.
- E. B. White
(Keywords: People, Deep, Today)

Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar.
- E. B. White
(Keywords: Faith, Act, Grammar, Writing)

Writing is hard work and bad for the health.
- E. B. White
(Keywords: Health, Work, Hard work, Writing)







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