November 3, 2016

E. B. White Quotes

“The terror of the atom age is not the violence of the new power but the speed of man’s adjustment to it, the speed of his acceptance.”

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

“The trouble with the profit system has always been that it was highly unprofitable to most people.”

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

“The world organization debates disarmament in one room and, in the next room, moves the knights and pawns that make national arms imperative.”

“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.”

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

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

“To perceive Christmas through its wrappings becomes more difficult with every year.”

“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.”

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

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

“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.”

“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.”

“Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar.”

“Writing is hard work and bad for the health.”