E. B. White Quotes

E. B. White

US author & humorist (1899 - 1985)

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There is nothing more likely to start disagreement among people or countries than an agreement.

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Is there anything in the universe more beautiful and protective than the simple complexity of a spider's web?

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

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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.

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

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Whatever else an American believes or disbelieves about himself, he is absolutely sure he has a sense of humor.

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An intelligence service is, in fact, a stupidity service.

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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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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.

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The time not to become a father is eighteen years before a war.

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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.

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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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Loneliness is a strange gift.

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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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Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half the time.

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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.

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