E. B. White was born 11 July 1899, and died 1 October 1985
- 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.
- I’ve never had a very lively literary curiosity, and it has sometimes seemed to me that I am not really a literary fellow at all. Except that I write for a living.
- It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.
- I have occasionally had the exquisite thrill of putting my finger on a little capsule of truth, and heard it give the faint squeak of mortality under my pressure
- Necessity first mothered invention. Now invention has little ones of her own, and they look just like grandma.
- 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.
- Be obscure clearly.
- When you consider that there are a thousand ways to express even the simplest idea, it is no wonder writers are under a great strain. Writers care greatly how a thing is said — it makes all the difference. So they are constantly faced with too many choices and must make too many decisions.
- One of the most time-consuming things is to have an enemy.
- Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar.
Elwyn Brooks White was a leading American essayist, author, humorist, poet, and literary stylist. He was co-author of the English language style guide, The Elements of Style, which is commonly referred to as “Strunk & White”. He wrote books for children, and his most popular titles include Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan.
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