Friday, June 13, 2008

E.B. White

  • Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar.
  • Writing is hard work and bad for the health.
  • I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.
  • Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.
  • Be obscure clearly.
  • Commas in The New Yorker fall with the precision of knives in a circus act, outlining the victim.
  • Everything in life is somewhere else, and you get there in a car.
  • I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving he can outwit nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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