Quotes of Elwyn Brooks 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. ”

- Elwyn Brooks White

“ Advertisers are the interpreters of our dreams — Joseph interpreting for Pharaoh. Like the movies, they infect the routine futility of our days with purposeful adventure. Their weapons are our weaknesses: fear, ambition, illness, pride, selfishness, desire, ignorance… ”

- Elwyn Brooks White

“ Advertisers are the interpreters of our dreams — Joseph interpreting for Pharaoh. Like the movies, they infect the routine futility of our days with purposeful adventure. Their weapons are our weaknesses: fear, ambition, illness, pride, selfishness, desire, ignorance… ”

- Elwyn Brooks White

“ The complaint about modern steel furniture, modern glass houses, modern red bars and modern streamlined trains and cars is that all these objets modernize, while adequate and amusing in themselves, tend to make the people who use them look dated. It is an honest criticism… ”

- Elwyn Brooks White

“ Deathlessness should be arrived at in a… haphazard fashion. Loving fame as much as any man, we shall carve our initials in the shell of a tortoise and turn him loose in a peat bog. ”

- Elwyn Brooks White

“ The complaint about modern steel furniture, modern glass houses, modern red bars and modern streamlined trains and cars is that all these objets modernize, while adequate and amusing in themselves, tend to make the people who use them look dated. It is an honest criticism… ”

- Elwyn Brooks 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. ”

- Elwyn Brooks White

“ Advertisers are the interpreters of our dreams — Joseph interpreting for Pharaoh. Like the movies, they infect the routine futility of our days with purposeful adventure. Their weapons are our weaknesses: fear, ambition, illness, pride, selfishness, desire, ignorance… ”

- Elwyn Brooks White

“ Commuters give the city its tidal restlessness; natives give it solidity and continuity; but the settlers give it passion. ”

- Elwyn Brooks White

“ Commuters give the city its tidal restlessness; natives give it solidity and continuity; but the settlers give it passion. ”

- Elwyn Brooks 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. ”

- Elwyn Brooks 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. ”

- Elwyn Brooks White

“ A man's liberal and conservative phases seem to follow each other in a succession of waves from the time he is born. Children are radicals. Youths are conservatives, with a dash of criminal negligence. Men in their prime are liberals The middle aged run to shelter: they insure their life, draft a will, accumulate mementos and occasional tables, and hope for security… ”

- Elwyn Brooks White

“ The complaint about modern steel furniture, modern glass houses, modern red bars and modern streamlined trains and cars is that all these objets modernize, while adequate and amusing in themselves, tend to make the people who use them look dated. It is an honest criticism… ”

- Elwyn Brooks White

“ A good farmer is nothing more nor less than a handy man with a sense of humus. ”

- Elwyn Brooks White

“ It is at a fair that man can be drunk forever on liquor, love, or fights; at a fair that your front pocket can be picked by a trotting horse looking for sugar, and your hind pocket by a thief looking for his fortune. ”

- Elwyn Brooks White

“ Commas in The New Yorker fall with the precision of knives in a circus act, outlining the victim. ”

- Elwyn Brooks White

“ To perceive Christmas through its wrappings becomes more difficult with every year. ”

- Elwyn Brooks White

“ The liberal holds that he is true to the republic when he is true to himself. He greets with enthusiasm the fact of the journey, as a dog greets a man's invitation to take a walk. And he acts in the dog's way too, swinging wide, racing ahead, doubling back, covering many miles of territory that the man never traverses, all in the spirit of inquiry and the zest for truth… ”

- Elwyn Brooks White

“ The complaint about modern steel furniture, modern glass houses, modern red bars and modern streamlined trains and cars is that all these objets modernize, while adequate and amusing in themselves, tend to make the people who use them look dated. It is an honest criticism… ”

- Elwyn Brooks White

“ The whole problem is to establish communication with ones self. ”

- Elwyn Brooks White

“ To perceive Christmas through its wrappings becomes more difficult with every year. ”

- Elwyn Brooks White

“ You have been my friends, replied Charlotte, that in itself is a tremendous thing… ”

- Elwyn Brooks White

“ A candidate could easily commit political suicide if he were to come up with an unconventional thought during a presidential tour. ”

- Elwyn Brooks White

“ A good farmer is nothing more nor less than a handy man with a sense of humus. ”

- Elwyn Brooks White

“ 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. ”

- Elwyn Brooks White

“ A good farmer is nothing more nor less than a handy man with a sense of humus. ”

- Elwyn Brooks White

“ 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. ”

- Elwyn Brooks White

“ Commuters give the city its tidal restlessness; natives give it solidity and continuity; but the settlers give it passion. ”

- Elwyn Brooks White

“ Americans are willing to go to enormous trouble and expense defending their principles with arms, very little trouble and expense advocating them with words. Temperamentally we are ready to die for certain principles but we show little inclination to advertise the reasons for dying. ”

- Elwyn Brooks White
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