E. B. [Elwyn Brooks] White Quotes


One of the most time-consuming things is to have an enemy.
I have occasionally had the exquisite thrill of putting my finger on a little capsule of truth, and heard it give the faint squeak of mortality under my pressure.
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.
Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time.
We grow tyrannical fighting tyranny. The most alarming spectacle today is not the spectacle of the atomic bomb in an unfederated world, it is the spectacle of the Americans beginning to accept the device of loyalty oaths and witchhunts, beginning to call anybody they don't like a Communist.
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.
Half a man's life is devoted to what he calls improvements, yet the original had some quality which is lost in the process.
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.
New Yorkers temperamentally do not crave comfort and convenience. If they did, they would live elsewhere.
In a free country it is the duty of writers to pay no attention to duty.
To perceive Christmas through its wrapping becomes more difficult every year.
A good farmer is nothing more nor less than a handy man with a sense of humus.
Television hangs on the questionable theory that whatever happens anywhere should be sensed everywhere. If everyone is going to be able to see everything, in the long run all sights may lose whatever rarity value they once possessed, and it may well turn out that people, being able to see and hear practically everything, will be specially interested in almost nothing.

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