Quotations From E.B. (ELWYN BROOKS) WHITE

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  • 11.
    The total collapse of the public opinion polls shows that this country is in good health. A country that developed an airtight system of finding out in advance what was in people's minds would be uninhabitable.
    E.B. (Elwyn Brooks) White (1899-1985), U.S. author, editor. repr. in Writings from the New Yorker 1927-1976, ed. Rebecca M. Dale (1991). "Polling," New Yorker (November 13, 1948). Commenting on Truman's surprise victory in the 1948 presidential election.

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  • 12.
    A man who publishes his letters becomes a nudist—nothing shields him from the world's gaze except his bare skin. A writer, writing away, can always fix himself up to make himself more presentable, but a man who has written a letter is stuck with it for all time.
    E.B. (Elwyn Brooks) White (1899-1985), U.S. author, editor. Letter, June 11, 1975.

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  • 13.
    Commas in The New Yorker fall with the precision of knives in a circus act, outlining the victim.
    E.B. (Elwyn Brooks) White (1899-1985), U.S. author, editor. Interview in Writers at Work, Eighth Series, ed. George Plimpton (1988).
  • 14.
    A writer is like a bean plant—he has his little day, and then he gets stringy.
    E.B. (Elwyn Brooks) White (1899-1985), U.S. author, editor. Letters of E.B. White, letter to Harold Ross, September 16, 1938, Harper (1976).
  • 15.
    Commuters give the city its tidal restlessness; natives give it solidity and continuity; but the settlers give it passion.
    E.B. (Elwyn Brooks) White (1899-1985), U.S. author, editor. "Here Is New York," Holiday (Indianapolis, April 1949).

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  • 16.
    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.B. (Elwyn Brooks) White (1899-1985), U.S. author, editor. "Fall," One Man's Meat (1944).

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  • 17.
    All we need is a meteorologist who has once been soaked to the skin without ill effect. No one can write knowingly of the weather who walks bent over on wet days.
    E.B. (Elwyn Brooks) White (1899-1985), U.S. author, editor. repr. in Writings from the New Yorker 1927-1976, ed. Rebecca M. Dale (1991). "Dismal?" New Yorker (Feb. 25, 1950).

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