Elwyn Brooks White

[E. B. White] ((1899-1985) / Mount Vernon, New York, United States)

Elwyn Brooks White Quotes

  • ''The siren south is well enough, but New York, at the beginning of March, is a hoyden we would not care to miss—a drafty wench, her temperature up and down, full of bold promises and dust in the eye.''
    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). "New York in March," New Yorker (March 2, 1935).
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  • ''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.''
    E.B. (Elwyn Brooks) White (1899-1985), U.S. author, editor. "Notes on Our Time," The Second Tree from the Corner (1954).
  • ''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.
  • ''In middle life, the human back is spoiling for a technical knockout and will use the flimsiest excuse, even a sneeze, to fall apart.''
    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). "Radiography," New Yorker (Feb. 24, 1951).
  • ''Heredity is a strong factor, even in architecture. Necessity first mothered invention. Now invention has little ones of her own, and they look just like grandma.''
    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). "The Old and the New," New Yorker (June 19, 1937).
  • ''A good farmer is nothing more nor less than a handy man with a sense of humus.''
    E.B. (Elwyn Brooks) White (1899-1985), U.S. author, editor. "The Practical Farmer," One Man's Meat (1944).
  • ''There is a period near the beginning of every man's life when he has little to cling to except his unmanageable dream, little to support him except good health, and nowhere to go but all over the place.''
    E.B. (Elwyn Brooks) White (1899-1985), U.S. author, editor. (First published 1961). "The Years of Wonder," Essays of E.B. White (1977).
  • ''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.
  • ''Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time.''
    E.B. (Elwyn Brooks) White (1899-1985), U.S. author, editor. New Yorker (July 3, 1944).
  • ''One of the most time-consuming things is to have an enemy.''
    E.B. (Elwyn Brooks) White (1899-1985), U.S. author, editor. (First published 1958). "A Report in January," Essays of E.B. White (1977).

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