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E. B. White Quotes and Sayings
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Be obscure clearly.
- E. B. White

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The time not to become a father is eighteen years before a war.
- E. B. White

I see nothing in space as promising as the view from a Ferris wheel.
- E. B. White

Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog.
Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.
- E. B. White

 

Genius is more often found in a cracked pot than in a whole one.
- E. B. White

Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than
half of the people are right more than half of the time.
- E. B. White

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.
- E. B. White

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English usage is sometimes more than mere taste,
judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck,
like getting across the street.
- E. B. White

One of the most time-consuming things is to have an enemy.
- E. B. White

Luck is not something you can mention in the presence of self-made men.
- E. B. White

I don't know which is more discouraging,
literature or chickens.
- E. B. White

The world organization debates disarmament in one room and,
in the next room, moves the knights and pawns that
make national arms imperative.
- E. B. White

There's no limit to how complicated things can get,
on account of one thing always leading to another.
- E. B. White

A good farmer is nothing more nor less than a handy
man with a sense of humus.
- E. B. White

To perceive Christmas through its wrappings becomes
more difficult with every year.
- E. B. White

Old age is a special problem for me because I've never
been able to shed the mental image I have of myself -
a lad of about 19.
- E. B. White

I can only assume that your editorial writer tripped
over the First Amendment and thought it was the office cat.
- E. B. White

The trouble with the profit system has always been
that it was highly unprofitable to most people.
- E. B. White

Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar.
- E. B. White

There is nothing more likely to start disagreement
among people or countries than an agreement.
- E. B. White

Commas in The New Yorker fall with the precision of knives in a circus act,
outlining the victim.
- E. B. White

A writer is like a bean plant - he has his little day,
and then gets stringy.
- E. B. White

It is easier for a man to be loyal to his club than to his planet;
the bylaws are shorter,
and he is personally acquainted with the other members.
- E. B. White

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

The critic leaves at curtain fall To find,
in starting to review it, He scarcely saw the play
at all For starting to review it.
- E. B. White

The world is full of people who have never,
since childhood, met an open doorway with an open mind.
- E. B. White

Writing is hard work and bad for the health.
- E. B. White

Everything in life is somewhere else,
and you get there in a car.
- E. B. White

Prejudice is a great time saver.
You can form opinions without having to get the facts.
- E. B. White

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. White

Whatever else an American believes or disbelieves about himself,
he is absolutely sure he has a sense of humor.
- E. B. White

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. White

It is not often that someone comes along who is a true
friend and a good writer.
- E. B. White

The only sense that is common in the long run,
is the sense of change and we all instinctively avoid it.
- E. B. White

I would feel more optimistic about a bright future
for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit
Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.
- E. B. White

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.
- E. B. White

The obscure we see eventually.
The completely obvious,
it seems, takes longer.
- Edward R. Murrow

There's a world of difference between truth and facts.
Facts can obscure truth.
- Maya Angelou

Intellectual comradeship requires that you think your
thoughts through to the place where you can make the complex seem simple,
the obscure quite clear.
- David Seabury

I am not afraid of death, but would not want to die
in some obscure or pointless way.
- Isabelle Eberhardt

I give the fight up: let there be an end,
a privacy, an obscure nook for me.
I want to be forgotten even by God.
- Robert Browning

Be wary of passing the judgment: obscure.
To find something obscure poses no difficult,
elephants and poodles find many things obscure.
- Georg C. Lichtenberg

In labouring to be concise, I become obscure.
- Horace

I've always liked being relatively obscure.
I feel that's where I belong, that's where my work belongs.
- Don DeLillo

The purpose of writing is to inflate weak ideas,
obscure pure reasoning, and inhibit clarity.
With a little practice, writing can be an intimidating and impenetrable fog!
- Bill Watterson

A Constitution should be short and obscure.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

If you want music that speaks to you,
that LISTENS to you, you have to go out of your way,
which I enjoy actually.
I'm constantly on a private-eye kick to find the totally obscure.
- Trevor Dunn

Sometimes people get passionate about the obscure jokes.
- Martin Short

Hardship makes the world obscure.
- Don DeLillo

Human affairs are so obscure and various that nothing can be clearly known.
- Desiderius Erasmus

It seems to me that at this time we need education
in the obvious more than the investigation of the obscure.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

A little tough talk in the midst of a campaign or as
part of a presidential debate cannot obscure a record
of 30 years of being on the wrong side of defense issues.
- Dick Cheney

Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes,
our ancestors.
It is the democracy of the dead.
Tradition refuses to submit to that arrogant oligarchy
who merely happen to be walking around.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Existence is a series of footnotes to a vast,
obscure, unfinished masterpiece.
- Vladimir Nabokov

I'm a bit of a nerd, I wouldn't mind working in a shop selling records,
or having a radio show where I could play obscure singles.
- Bjork

Years ago I realized that maybe I made mistake,
politically, when I turned a lot of that stuff down.
I would go off to obscure places and make movies that six people went to see.
- Mickey Rourke

It flourished with the Saracens, and suffered in the
obscure and fanatical days of the Middle Ages.
- Isaac Mayer Wise

I worked with such concentration and focus and I had
hundreds of obscure engineering or programming things in my head.
I was just real exceptional in that way.
- Steve Wozniak

Nothing is more unreliable than the populace,
nothing more obscure than human intentions,
nothing more deceptive than the whole electoral system.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

I have seen great jazz musicians die obscure and drinking
themselves to death and not really being able to get
any work and working in small,
funky jazz clubs.
- Sonny Rollins

Maybe if you and ten of your friends could pool your
savings and borrow some money and actually buy some
obscure station in Sonoma,
and then take some chances and have some fun.
- Robert McChesney

Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established,
that, unless we love the truth, we cannot know it.
- Blaise Pascal

The notion of the single man began in the 1950's.
The idea of the bachelor as a separate life was new and obscure.
- Hugh Hefner

The problem of how we finance the welfare state should
not obscure a separate issue:
if each person thinks he has an inalienable right to welfare,
no matter what happens to the world,
that's not equity,
it's just creating a society where you can't ask anything of people.
- Jacques Delors

I do very few standards.
Hardly any.
Other people's tunes that I do are usually obscure tunes,
for the most part, although I do a couple of Duke Ellington
tunes that are well known.
- Mose Allison

A good catchword can obscure analysis for fifty years.
- Wendell Willkie

Don't look for obscure formulas or mystery in my work.
It is pure joy that I offer you.
Look at my sculptures until you see them.
Those closest to God have seen them.
- Constantin Brancusi

It is when I struggle to be brief that I become obscure.
- Horace

Never be so brief as to become obscure.
- Hosea Ballou

Suffering is permanent, obscure and dark,
And shares the nature of infinity.
- William Wordsworth

The eye by long use comes to see even in the darkest cavern:
and there is no subject so obscure but we may discern
some glimpse of truth by long poring on it.
- George Berkeley


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