One of the most time-consuming things is to have an enemy.

— E. B. White

The most sentimental E. B. White quotes that will inspire your inner self

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.

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It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer.

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As long as there is one upright man, as long as there is one compassionate woman, the contagion may spread and the scene is not desolate. Hope is the thing that is left us in a bad time.

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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.

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Trust me, Wilbur. People are very gullible. They'll believe anything they see in print.

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Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.

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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.

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Genius is more often found in a cracked pot than in a whole one.

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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.

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Wilbur never forgot Charlotte. Although he loved her children and grandchildren dearly, none of the new spiders ever quite took her place in his heart. She was in a class by herself. It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.

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The world is full of people who have never, since childhood, met an open doorway with an open mind.

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

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About E. B. White

Quotes 290 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Writer
Birthday October 16

Prejudice is a great time saver. You can form opinions without having to get the facts.

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Our vegetable garden is coming along well, with radishes and beans up, and we are less worried about revolution that we used to be.

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Familiarity is the thing-the sense of belonging. It grants exemption from all evil, all shabbiness.

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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 the laundry.

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I am always humbled by the infite ingenuity of the Lord, who can make a red barn cast a blue shadow.

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Life is like writing with a pen. You can cross out your past but you can't erase it.

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Use the smallest word that does the job.

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In a man's middle years there is scarcely a part of the body he would hesitate to turn over to the proper authorities.

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Anyone who writes down to children is simply wasting his time.

You have to write up, not down. Children are demanding. They are the most attentive, curious, eager, observant, sensitive, quick, and generally congenial readers on earth.... Children are game for anything. I throw them hard words and they backhand them across the net.

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Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time.

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Hang on to your hat. Hang on to your hope. And wind the clock, for tomorrow is another day.

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A despot doesn't fear eloquent writers preaching freedom- he fears a drunken poet who may crack a joke that will take hold.

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Why did you do all this for me?' he asked.

'I don't deserve it. I've never done anything for you.' 'You have been my friend,' replied Charlotte. 'That in itself is a tremendous thing.

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I see nothing in space as promising as the view from a Ferris wheel.

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A man is not expected to love his country, lest he make an ass of himself.

Yet our country, seen through the mists of smog, is curiously lovable, in somewhat the way an individual who has got himself into an unconscionable scrape seems lovable - or at least deserving of support.

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Early summer days are a jubilee time for birds.

In the fields, around the house, in the barn, in the woods, in the swamp - everywhere love and songs and nests and eggs.

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Sailors have an expression about the weather: they 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.

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A really companionable and indispensable dog is an accident of nature.

You can't get it by breeding for it, and you can't buy it with money. It just happens along.

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I’ve got a new friend, all right. But what a gamble friendship is! Charlotte is fierce, brutal, scheming, bloodthirsty—everything I don’t like. How can I learn to like her, even though she is pretty and, of course, clever?

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I am pessimistic about the human race because it is too ingenious for its own good. Our approach to nature is to beat it into submission. We would stand a better chance of survival if we accommodated ourselves to this planet and viewed it appreciatively instead of skeptically and dictatorially.

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I am reminded of the advice of my neighbor. "Never worry about your heart till it stops beating.

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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.

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In middle life, the human back is spoiling for a technical knockout and will use the flimsiest excuse, even a sneeze, to fall apart.

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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.

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A poem compresses much in a small space and adds music, thus heightening its meaning.

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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.

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Is there anything in the universe more beautiful and protective than the simple complexity of a spider's web?

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The essayist . . . can pull on any sort of shirt, be any sort of person, according to his mood or his subject matter - philosopher, scold, jester, raconteur, confidant, pundit, devil's advocate, enthusiast.

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When an American family becomes separated from its toothbrushes and combs and pajamas for a few hours it considers that it has had quite an adventure.

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Writing is both mask and unveiling.

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To perceive Christmas through its wrappings becomes more difficult with every year.

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The beginner should approach style warily, realizing that it is himself he is approaching, no other; and he should begin by turning resolutely away from all devices that are popularly believed to indicate style - all mannerisms, tricks, adornments. The approach to style is by way of plainness, simplicity, orderliness, sincerity.

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Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar.

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Commas in The New Yorker fall with the precision of knives in a circus act, outlining the victim.

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All writing is communication; creative writing is communication through revelation-it is the Self-escaping into the open.

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Salutations; it's just my fancy way of saying hello or good morning

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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.

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