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E.B. White Quotes

E.B. White Quote: “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 improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”
E.B. White Quote: “Every morning I awake torn between a desire to save the world and an inclination to savor it. This makes it hard to plan the day. But if we forget to savor the world, what possible reason do we have for saving it? In a way, the savoring must come first.”
E.B. White Quote: “Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.”
E.B. White Quote: “I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult.”
E.B. White Quote: “A schoolchild should be taught grammar – for the same reason that a medical student should study anatomy.”
E.B. White Quote: “The best writing is rewriting.”
E.B. White Quote: “Hang on to your hat. Hang on to your hope. And wind the clock, for tomorrow is another day.”
E.B. White Quote: “A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word to paper.”
E.B. White Quote: “Never hurry and never worry!”
E.B. White Quote: “Good deeds never go unpunished.”
E.B. White Quote: “You’re terrific as far as I am concerned.”
E.B. White Quote: “After all, what’s a life, anyway? We’re born, we live a little while, we die.”
E.B. White Quote: “Safety is all well and good: I prefer freedom.”
E.B. White Quote: “I have one share in corporate Earth, and I am nervous about the management.”
E.B. White Quote: “I would really rather feel bad in Maine than feel good anywhere else.”
E.B. White Quote: “It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer.”
E.B. White Quote: “Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar.”
E.B. White Quote: “Genius is more often found in a cracked pot than in a whole one.”
E.B. White Quote: “Creation is in part merely the business of forgoing the great and small distractions.”
E.B. White Quote: “The world is full of people who have never, since childhood, met an open doorway with an open mind.”
E.B. White Quote: “Trust me, Wilbur. People are very gullible. They’ll believe anything they see in print.”
E.B. White Quote: “Children almost always hang onto things tighter than their parents think they will.”
E.B. White Quote: “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.”
E.B. White Quote: “Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.”
E.B. White Quote: “There’s no limit to how complicated things can get, on account of one thing always leading to another.”
E.B. White Quote: “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.”
E.B. White Quote: “Although there is no substitute for merit in writing, clarity comes closest to being one.”
E.B. White Quote: “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 Quote: “Humour plays close to the big, hot fire, which is the truth, and the reader feels the heat.”
E.B. White Quote: “Life is like writing with a pen. You can cross out your past but you can’t erase it.”
E.B. White Quote: “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 Quote: “The rat had no morals, no conscience, no scruples, no consideration, no decency, no milk of rodent kindness, no compunctions, no higher feeling, no friendliness, no anything.”
E.B. White Quote: “Everything in life is somewhere else, and you get there in a car.”
E.B. White Quote: “Nauseous. Nauseated. The first means “sickening to contemplate”; the second means “sick at the stomach.” Do not, therefore, say “I feel nauseous,” unless you are sure you have that effect on others.”
E.B. White Quote: “Habitually creative people are prepared to be lucky.”
E.B. White Quote: “It is deeply satisfying to win a prize in front of a lot of people.”
E.B. White Quote: “Be obscure clearly.”
E.B. White Quote: “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 Quote: “A despot doesn’t fear eloquent writers preaching freedom- he fears a drunken poet who may crack a joke that will take hold.”
E.B. White Quote: “You can dissect a joke just as you can a frog. But it tends to die on you.”
E.B. White Quote: “All that I hope to say in books, all that I ever hope to say, is that I love the world.”
E.B. White Quote: “I admire anybody who has the guts to write anything at all.”
E.B. White Quote: “Writing is not an exercise in excision, it’s a journey into sound.”
E.B. White Quote: “Loneliness is a strange gift.”
E.B. White Quote: “Prejudice is a great time saver. You can form opinions without having to get the facts.”
E.B. White Quote: “I always write a thing first and think about it afterward, which is not a bad procedure because the easiest way to have consequential thoughts is to start putting them down.”
E.B. White Quote: “By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anyone’s life can stand a little of that.”
E.B. White Quote: “Luck is not something you can mention in the presence of self-made men.”
E.B. White Quote: “Most people think of peace as a state of Nothing Bad Happening, or Nothing Much Happening. Yet if peace is to overtake us and make us the gift of serenity and well-being, it will have to be the state of Something Good Happening.”
E.B. White Quote: “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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