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E.B. White Quotes

38 of the best book quotes from E.B. White
  1. #1
    “Wilbur never forgot Charlotte. Although he loved her children and grandchildren dearly, none of the new spiders ever quite took her place in his heart.”
  2. #2
    “We take to the breeze, we go as we please.”
  3. #3
    “If I can fool a bug... I can surely fool a man. People are not as smart as bugs.”
  4. #4
    “I don’t understand it, and I don’t like what I don’t understand.”
  5. #5
    “It is deeply satisfying to win a prize in front of a lot of people.”
  6. #6
    “Meetings bore me.”
  7. #7
    “These autumn days will shorten and grow cold. The leaves will shake loose from the trees and fall. Christmas will come, then the snows of winter. You will live to enjoy the beauty of the frozen world, for you mean a great deal to Zuckerman and he will not harm you, ever. Winter will pass, the days will lengthen, the ice will melt in the pasture pond. The song sparrow will return and sing, the frogs will awake, the warm wind will blow again. All these sights and sounds and smells will be yours to enjoy, Wilbur — this lovely world, these precious days…”
  8. #8
    “Nobody, of the hundreds of people that had visited the Fair, knew that a grey spider had played the most important part of all. No one was with her when she died.”
    author
    E.B. White
    book
    Charlotte's Web
    character
    Charlotte
    concept
    death
  9. #9
    “Salutations are greetings; it’s my fancy way of saying hello.”
    author
    E.B. White
    book
    Charlotte's Web
    character
    Charlotte
    concept
    words
  1. #10
    “No one had ever had such a friend—so affectionate, so loyal, and so skillful.”
  2. #11
    “It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer.”
  3. #12
    “After all, what’s a life, anyway? We’re born, we live a little while, we die.”
    author
    E.B. White
    book
    Charlotte's Web
    character
    Charlotte
    concept
    life
  4. #13
    “You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing.”
  5. #14
    “By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anyone’s life can stand a little of that.”
  6. #15
    “Trust me, Wilbur. People are very gullible. They’ll believe anything they see in print.”
    author
    E.B. White
    book
    Charlotte's Web
    character
    Charlotte
    concept
    words
  7. #16
    “What do you mean less than nothing? I don’t think there is any such thing as less than nothing. Nothing is absolutely the limit of nothingness. It’s the lowest you can go. It’s the end of the line. How can something be less than nothing? If there were something that was less than nothing, then nothing would not be nothing, it would be something - even though it’s just a very little bit of something. But if nothing is nothing, then nothing has nothing that is less than it is.”
  8. #17
    “Never hurry and never worry!”
  9. #18
    “Children almost always hang onto things tighter than their parents think they will.”
  1. #19
    “Can I have a pig, too, Pop?” asked Avery. “No, I only distribute pigs to early risers,” said Mr. Arable. “Fern was up at daylight, trying to rid the world of injustice. As a result, she now has a pig. A small one, to be sure, but nevertheless a pig. It just shows what can happen if a person gets out of bed promptly.”
  2. #20
    “Don’t write about Man; write about a man.”
  3. #21
    “It is quite possible that an animal has spoken to me and that I didn’t catch the remark because I wasn’t paying attention.”
  4. #22
    “The crickets felt it was their duty to warn everybody that summertime cannot last for ever. Even on the most beautiful days in the whole year - the days when summer is changing into autumn - the crickets spread the rumour of sadness and change.”
  5. #23
    “Wilbur didn’t want food, he wanted love.”
    author
    E.B. White
    book
    Charlotte's Web
    character
    Wilbur
    concept
    love
  6. #24
    ”A spider’s web is stronger than it looks. Although it is made of thin, delicate strands, the web is not easily broken.”
  7. #25
    “In good time he was to discover that he was mistaken about Charlotte. Underneath her rather bold and cruel exterior, she had a kind heart, and she was to prove loyal and true to the very end.”
  8. #26
    “From one to two, Wilbur planned to sleep. From two to three, he planned to scratch itchy places by rubbing against the fence. From three to four, he planned to stand perfectly still and think of what it was like to be alive, and to wait for Fern.”
  9. #27
    “Life is always a rich and steady time when you are waiting for something to happen or to hatch.”
  1. #28
    “The night seemed long. Wilbur’s stomach was empty and his mind was full. And when your stomach is empty and your mind is full, it’s always hard to sleep.”
    author
    E.B. White
    book
    Charlotte's Web
    character
    Wilbur
    concept
    sleeping
  2. #29
    “Ever since the spider had befriended him, he had done his best to live up to his reputation. When Charlotte’s web said SOME PIG, Wilbur had tried hard to look like some pig. When Charlotte’s web said TERRIFIC, Wilbur had tried to look terrific. And now that the web said RADIANT, he did everything possible to make himself glow.”
  3. #30
    “The light strengthened, the mornings came sooner.”
  4. #31
    “The quickest way to spoil a friendship is to wake somebody up in the morning before he is ready.”
  5. #32
    “A miracle has happened and a sign has occurred here on earth, right on our farm, and we have no ordinary pig.” “Well,” said Mrs. Zuckerman, “it seems to me you’re a little off. It seems to me we have no ordinary spider.” “Oh, no,” said Zuckerman. “It’s the pig that’s unusual. It says so, right there in the middle of the web.” “Maybe.”
  6. #33
    “Wilbur blushed. ‘But I’m not terrific, Charlotte. I’m just about average for a pig.‘”
  7. #34
    “With the right words, you can change the world.”
    author
    E.B. White
    book
    Charlotte's Web
    character
    Charlotte
    concept
    words
  8. #35
    “Chin up, chin up. Everybody loves a happy face.”
  9. #36
    “Wilbur was modest; fame did not spoil him.”
  10. #37
    “I’ve got a new friend, all right. But what a gamble friendship is!”
  11. #38
    “Well I am pretty. Nearly all spiders are good looking. I’m not as flashy as some, but I’ll do.”