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#6188 E. B. White

I say it's spinach, and I say the hell with it. .

E. B. White Quotes about hell
#6189 E. B. White

"It's broccoli, dear." "I say it's spinach, and I say the hell with it." .

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#6190 E. B. White

Commuter — one who spends his life In riding to and from his wife; A man who shaves and takes a train And then rides back to shave again. .

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#6191 E. B. White

Necessity first mothered invention. Now invention has little ones of her own, and they look just like grandma. .

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#6192 E. B. White

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. .

E. B. White Quotes about truth
#6193 E. B. White

Advertisers are the interpreters of our dreams —interpreting for Pharaoh. Like the movies, they infect the routine futility of our days with purposeful adventure. Their weapons are our weaknesses: fear, ambition, illness, pride, selfishness, desire, ignorance. And these weapons must be kept as bright as a sword. .

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#6195 E. B. White

Humor can be dissected, as a frog can, but the thing dies in the process and the innards are discouraging to any but the pure scientific mind. .

E. B. White Quotes about mind
#6196 E. B. White

There is a decivilizing bug somewhere at work; unconsciously persons of stern worth, by not resenting and resisting the small indignities of the times, are preparing themselves for the eventual acceptance of what they themselves know they don’t want. .

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#6197 E. B. White

Everything (he kept saying) is something it isn't. And everybody is always somewhere else. .

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#6198 E. B. White

All poets who, when reading from their own works, experience a choked feeling, are major. For that matter, all poets who read from their own works are major, whether they choke or not. .

E. B. White Quotes about reading
#6201 E. B. White

Government is the thing. Law is the thing. Not brotherhood, not international cooperation, not security councils that can stop war only by waging it... Where does security lie, anyway — security against the thief, a bad man, the murderer? In brotherly love? Not at all. It lies in government. .

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#6202 E. B. White

If a man is in health, he doesn't need to take anybody else's temperature to know where he is going. .

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#6203 E. B. White

I am a member of a party of one, and I live in an age of fear. Nothing lately has unsettled my party and raised my fears so much as your editorial, on Thanksgiving Day, suggesting that employees should be required to state their beliefs in order to hold their jobs. The idea is inconsistent with our constitutional theory and has been stubbornly opposed by watchful men since the early days of the Republic. .

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#6204 E. B. White

Security, for me, took a tumble not when I read that there were Communists in Hollywood but when I read your editorial in praise of loyalty testing and thought control. If a man is in health, he doesn't need to take anybody else's temperature to know where he is going. .

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#6205 E. B. White

I discovered, though, that once having given a pig an enema there is no turning back, no chance of resuming one of life's more stereotyped roles. .

E. B. White Quotes about life
#6206 E. B. White

The subtlest change in New York is something people don't speak much about but that is in everyone's mind. The city, for the first time in its long history, is destructible. A single flight of planes no bigger than a wedge of geese can quickly end this island fantasy, burn the towers, crumble the bridges, turn the underground passages into lethal chambers, cremate the millions. The intimation of mortality is part of New York now: in the sounds of jets overhead, in the black headlines of the latest edition. All dwellers in cities must dwell with the stubborn fact of annihilation; in New York the fact is somewhat more concentrated because of the concentration of the city itself and because, of all targets, New York has a certain clear priority. In the mind of whatever perverted dreamer who might loose the lightning, New York must hold a steady, irresistible charm. .

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#6207 E. B. White

No one should come to New York to live unless he is willing to be lucky. .

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#6208 E. B. White

Americans are willing to go to enormous trouble and expense defending their principles with arms, very little trouble and expense advocating them with words. Temperamentally we are ready to die for certain principles (or, in the case of overripe adults, send youngsters to die), but we show little inclination to advertise the reasons for dying. .

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#6209 E. B. White

When I get sick of what men do, I have only to walk a few steps in another direction to see what spiders do. Or what the weather does. This sustains me very well indeed. .

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#6210 E. B. White

Salutations! .

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#6212 E. B. White

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

E. B. White Quotes about good
#6213 E. B. White

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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#6214 E. B. White

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. .

E. B. White Quotes about world
#6215 E. B. White

Life's meaning has always eluded me and I guess it always will. But I love it just the same. .

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#6217 E. B. White

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

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#6218 E. B. White

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 (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world. This makes it hard to plan the day. .

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#6220 E. B. White

An unhatched egg is to me the greatest challenge in life. .

E. B. White Quotes about life
#6221 E. B. White

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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#6222 E. B. White

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 one thing left to us in a bad time. .

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#6223 E. B. White

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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#6224 E. B. White

A man who publishes his letters becomes a nudist — nothing shields him from the world's gaze except his bare skin. A writer, writing away, can always fix things up to make himself more presentable, but a man who has written a letter is stuck with it for all time. .

E. B. White Quotes about writing
#6225 E. B. White

Ideally, a book of letters should be published posthumously. The advantages are obvious: the editor enjoys a free hand, and the author enjoys a perfect hiding place — the grave, where he is impervious to embarrassments and beyond the reach of libel. I have failed to cooperate with this ideal arrangement. Through some typical bit of mismanagement, I am still alive, and the book has had to adjust to that awkward fact. .

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#6226 E. B. White

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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#6227 E. B. White

Once in everyone's life there is apt to be a period when he is fully awake, instead of half asleep... .

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#6228 E. B. White

I believe television is going to be the test of the modern world, and that in this new opportunity to see beyond the range of our vision we shall discover either a new and unbearable disturbance of the general peace or a saving radiance in the sky. We shall stand or fall by television — of that I am quite sure. .

E. B. White Quotes about peace
#6229 E. B. White

Television will enormously enlarge the eye's range, and, like radio, will advertise the Elsewhere. Together with the tabs, the mags, and the movies, it will insist that we forget the primary and the near in favor of the secondary and the remote. .

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#6230 E. B. White

Everything in life is somewhere else, and you get there in a car. .

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#6231 E. B. White

The future, wave or no wave, seems to me no unified dream but a mince pie, long in the baking, never quite done. .

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#6232 E. B. White

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 Quotes about man
#6233 E. B. White

Once in everyone's life there is apt to be a period when he is fully awake, instead of half asleep. I think of those five years in Maine as the time when this happened to me ... I was suddenly seeing, feeling, and listening as a child sees, feels, and listens. It was one of those rare interludes that can never be repeated, a time of enchantment. I am fortunate indeed to have had the chance to get some of it down on paper. .

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#6234 E. B. White

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

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#6235 E. B. White

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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#6236 E. B. White

Interview with George Plimpton and Frank Crowther, Writers at Work: The Paris Review Interviews, series eight (Viking Penguin, 1988, ) .

E. B. White Quotes about wit
#6237 E. B. White

When you consider that there are a thousand ways to express even the simplest idea, it is no wonder writers are under a great strain... .

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#6238 E. B. White

In order to read one must sit down, usually indoors. I am restless and would rather sail a boat than crack a book. I've never had a very lively literary curiosity, and it has sometimes seemed to me that I am not really a literary fellow at all. Except that I write for a living. .

E. B. White Quotes about time
#6239 E. B. White

New York is part of the natural world. I love the city, I love the country, and for the same reasons. The city is part of the country. When I had an apartment on East Forty-Eighth Street, my backyard during the migratory season yielded more birds than I ever saw in Maine. .

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#6240 E. B. White

Children are demanding. They are the most attentive, curious, eager, observant, sensitive, quick, and generally congenial readers on earth. They accept, almost without question, anything you present them with, as long as it is presented honestly, fearlessly, and clearly. .

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#6241 E. B. White

Children are game for anything. I throw them hard words, and they backhand them over the net. They love words that give them a hard time, provided they are in a context that absorbs their attention. .

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#6242 E. B. White

When you consider that there are a thousand ways to express even the simplest idea, it is no wonder writers are under a great strain. Writers care greatly how a thing is said — it makes all the difference. So they are constantly faced with too many choices and must make too many decisions.I am still encouraged to go on. I wouldn't know where else to go. .

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#204923 E B White

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

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