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Quotations by author » E. B. White
American writer 1899-1985
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A man can do anything he wants to do in this world, at least if he wants to do it badly enough.
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A poet dares be just so clear and no clearer... He unzips the veil from beauty, but does not remove it. A poet utterly clear is a trifle glaring.
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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.
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A writer is like a bean plant - he has his little day, and then gets stringy
Writers
An intelligence service is, in fact, a stupidity service
Intelligence
Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.
Humor
Another segment of society that has constructed a language of its own is business. ... [The businessman] is speaking a language that is familiar to him and dear to him. Its portentous
nouns and verbs invest ordinary events with high adventure; the executive walks among ink erasers caparisoned like a knight. This we should be tolerant of--every man of spirit wants to ride a white horse. ... A good many of the special words of business seem designed more to express the user's dreams than to express his precise meaning.
Language
Be obscure clearly.
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Computing machines perhaps can do the work of a dozen ordinary men, but there is no machine that can do the work of one extraordinary man.
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Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time
Democracy
English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education -- sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street.
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Everything in life is somewhere else, and you get there in a car.
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From three to four, he planned to stand perfectly still and think of what it was like to be alive
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Genius is more often found in a cracked pot than a whole one
Genius
I am pessimistic about the human race because it is too ingenious for its own good. Our approach to nature is to beat it into submission. We would stand a better chance of survival if we accommodated ourselves to this planet and viewed it appreciatively instead of skeptically and dictatorially.
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I am reminded of the advice of my neighbor. "Never worry about your heart till it stops beating."
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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 can only assume that your editorial writer tripped over the First Amendment and thought it was the office cat.
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I don't know which is more discouraging, literature or chickens
Literature
I see nothing in space as promising as the view from a Ferris wheel.
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