Inspirational E.B. White Quotes

E. B. White (July 11, 1899 – October 1, 1985) was an American writer. This post features some Inspirational E.B. White Quotes.

He was a contributor to The New Yorker magazine and a co-author of the English language style guide The Elements of Style, which is commonly known as “Strunk & White”.

The Elements of Style, which is commonly known as “Strunk & White”. He also wrote books for children, including Stuart Little (1945), Charlotte’s Web (1952), and The Trumpet of the Swan (1970).

Charlotte’s Web was voted the top children’s novel in a 2012 survey of School Library Journal readers, an accomplishment repeated from earlier surveys.

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E.B. White Quotes
E.B. White Quotes

E.B. White Quotes

“Never hurry and never worry!”
― E.B. White

“Genius is more often found in a cracked pot than in a whole one.”
― E.B. White

“The time not to become a father is eighteen years before a war.”
― E.B. White

“Semi-colons only prove that the author has been to college.”
― E.B. White

“One of the most time-consuming things is to have an enemy.”
― E.B. White

“Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar.”
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“Writing is both mask and unveiling.”
― E.B. White

“A mistake is simply another way of doing things.”
― E.B. White

“A writer’s style reveals something of his spirit, his habits, his capacites, his bias…it is the Self escaping into the open.”
E.B. White quotes

“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

“A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word to paper.”
― E.B. White

“Explaining a joke is like dissecting a frog. You understand it better but the frog dies in the process.”
― E.B. White

“Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time.”
― E.B. White

“It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer.”
― E.B. White

“We should all do what, in the long run, gives us joy, even if it is only picking grapes or doing laundry.”
― E.B. White

“Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.”
― E.B. White

“Trust me, Wilbur. People are very gullible. They’ll believe anything they see in print.”
― E.B. White

“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.”
― E.B. White

“There’s no limit to how complicated things can get, on account of one thing always leading to another.”
― E.B. White

“I see nothing in space as promising as the view from a Ferris wheel.”
― E.B. White

“The world is full of people who have never, since childhood, met an open doorway with an open mind.”
E.B. White quotes

“All that I hope to say in books, all that I ever hope to say, is that I love the world.”
― E.B. White

“I am reminded of the advice of my neighbor. “Never worry about your heart till it stops beating.”
― E.B. White

“I don’t understand it, and I don’t like what I don’t understand.”
― E.B. White

“I am a member of a party of one, and I live in an age of fear.”
― 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.”
E.B. White quotes

“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

“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.”
― E.B. White

“It is quite possible that an animal has spoken to me and that I didn’t catch the remark because I wasn’t paying attention.”
― E.B. White

“Prejudice is a great time saver. You can form opinions without having to get the facts.”
― E.B. White

“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

“In a free country it is the duty of writers to pay no attention to duty. Only under a dictatorship is literature expected to exhibit an harmonious design or an inspirational tone.”
E.B. White quotes

“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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“You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing. I wove my webs for you because I liked you. After all, what’s a life, anyway? We’re born, we live a little while, we die. A spider’s life can’t help being something of a mess, with all this trapping and eating flies. 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

“The mind travels faster than the pen; consequently, writing becomes a question of learning to make occasional wing shots, bringing down the bird of thought as it flashes by. A writer is a gunner, sometimes waiting in the blind for something to come in, sometimes roaming the countryside hoping to scare something up.”
― E.B. White

“A library is a good place to go when you feel unhappy, for there, in a book, you may find encouragement and comfort. A library is a good place to go when you feel bewildered or undecided, for there, in a book, you may have your question answered. 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

“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

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