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E. B. White
E. B. White

A literary stylist and essayist, E.B. White was known for his amazing command of the language and his ability to turn a phrase in a crisp, relaxed style. After graduating from Cornell, White served as a writer for magazines, including The New Yorker. His themes were often about urban life, war and technology. After moving to Maine, White found inspiration in a barn near his home. It led to…

Date of Birth: July 11, 1899
Date of Death: October 01, 1985


Found 93 quotes by E. B. White .
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"Television should be our Lyceum, our Chautauqua, our Minsky's and our Camelot." E. B. White
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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." E. B. White
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"It is at a fair that man can be drunk forever on liquor, love, or fights; at a fair that your front pocket can be picked by a trotting horse looking for sugar, and your hind pocket by a thief looking for his fortune." E(lwyn) B(rooks) White
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"Commuter -- one who spends his life in riding to and from his wife; And man who shaves and takes a train, and then rides back to shave again." E(lwyn) B(rooks) White
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"Commuters give the city its tidal restlessness; natives give it solidity and continuity; but the settlers give it passion." E(lwyn) B(rooks) White
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"The complaint about modern steel furniture, modern glass houses, modern red bars and modern streamlined trains and cars is that all these objets modernize, while adequate and amusing in themselves, tend to make the people who use them look dated. It is an honest criticism. The human race has done nothing much about changing its own appearance to conform to the form and texture of its appurtenances." E(lwyn) B(rooks) White
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"A good farmer is nothing more nor less than a handy man with a sense of humus." E(lwyn) B(rooks) White
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"Another segment of society that has constructed a language of its own is business. ... [The businessman] is speaking a language that is familiar to him and dear to him. Its portentous nouns and verbs invest ordinary events with high adventure; the executive walks among ink erasers caparisoned like a knight. This we should be tolerant of--every man of spirit wants to ride a white horse. ... A good many of the special words of business seem designed more to express the user's dreams than to express his precise meaning." E. B. White
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"From three to four, he planned to stand perfectly still and think of what it was like to be alive" E. B. White
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"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
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"Be obscure clearly." E. B. White
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"When I was a child people simply looked about them and were moderately happy; today they peer beyond the seven seas, bury themselves waist deep in tidings, and by and large what they see and hear makes them unutterably sad." E. B. White
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"A poet dares be just so clear and no clearer... He unzips the veil from beauty, but does not remove it. A poet utterly clear is a trifle glaring." E. B. White
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"A poet's pleasure is to withhold a little of his meaning, to intensify by mystification. He unzips the veil from beauty, but does not remove it." E. B. White
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"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
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"Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time" E. B. White
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"Thurber did not write the way a surgeon operates, he wrote the way a child skips rope, the way a mouse waltzes." E. B. White
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"The trouble with the profit system has always been that it was highly unprofitable to most people" E. B. White
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"It should restate and clarify the social dilemma and the political pickle. Once in a while it does, and you get a quick glimpse of its potential." E. B. White
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"Oh, I never look under the hood." E. B. White
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"It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer." E. B. White
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