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Reading is the work of the alert mind, is demanding, and under ideal conditions produces finally a sort of ecstasy. This gives the experience of reading a sublimity and power unequalled by any other form of communication.
- E. B. White | Books and Reading Quotes
Commuters give the city its tidal restlessness, natives give it solidity and continuity, but the settlers give it passion.
Summertime, oh, summertime, pattern of life indelible, the fade-proof lake, the woods unshatterable, the pasture with the sweetfern and the juniper forever and ever . . . the cottages with their innocent and tranquil design, their tiny docks with the flagpole and the American flag floating against the white clouds in the blue sky, the little paths over the roots of the trees leading from camp to camp. This was the American family at play, escaping the city heat.
His words leap across rivers and mountains, but his thoughts are still only six inches long.
Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time.
- E. B. White | Democracy Quotes
Humour plays close to the big, hot fire, which is the truth, and the reader feels the heat.
Humour can be dissected, as a frog can, but the thing dies in the process.
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.
- E. B. White | Men and Women Quotes
A poet dares to be just so clear and no clearer; he approaches lucid ground warily, like a mariner who is determined not to scrape his bottom on anything solid. 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. A poet utterly clear is a trifle glaring.
- E. B. White | Poets and Poetry Quotes
I liked to sail alone. The sea was the same as a girl to me - I did not want anyone else along.
- E. B. White | The Sea Quotes
The first day of spring was once the time for taking the young virgins into the fields, there in dalliance to set an example in fertility for Nature to follow. Now we just set the clock an hour ahead and change the oil in the crankcase.
- E. B. White | The Seasons Quotes
If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I rise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savour) the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.
- E. B. White | Temptation Quotes
There is nothing more likely to start disagreement among people or countries than an agreement.
- E. B. White | Trust Quotes
Advice to young writers who want to get ahead without any annoying delays: don't write about Man, write about a man.
I am reminded of the advice of my neighbor. "Never worry about your heart 'til it stops beating."
- E. B. White | Worry Quotes


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