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I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve
by 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

Related topics: Life

Be obscure clearly.
- E. B. White

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Writing is hard work and bad for the health.
- 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

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

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

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

Quarrels often arise in marriages when the bridal gifts are excessive.
- Antisthenes

Half our mistakes in life arise from feeling where we ought to think,
and thinking where we ought to feel.
- John Churton Collins

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious
privilege it is to be alive -
to breathe,
to think, to enjoy, to love.
- Marcus Aurelius

On a cosmic scale, our life is insignificant,
yet this brief period when we appear in the world is
the time in which all meaningful questions arise.
- Paul Ricoeur

Whatever labels may be attached to the fifteen charges brought against me,
they all arise from my having been a member of the
Communist Party and from my activities as a member.
- Bram Fischer

I cannot explain it; but when difficulties arise,
I am not perplexed or doubtful.
I know how to meet them.
- Anne Sullivan Macy

There is no such thing as death.
In nature nothing dies.
From each sad remnant of decay, some forms of life
arise so shall his life be taken away before he knoweth that he hath it.
- Charles Mackay

Consider well this fact: As long as the German people
does not arise and use force directed by its own will,
the assassination of the people will continue.
- Karl Liebknecht

The theory of founder effects does not explain how
novel features like plumage traits arise.
- Peter R. Grant

So long as men worship the Caesars and Napoleons,
Caesars and Napoleons will duly arise and make them miserable.
- Aldous Huxley

As writers become more numerous, it is natural for
readers to become more indolent;
whence must necessarily arise a desire of attaining
knowledge with the greatest possible ease.
- Oliver Goldsmith

The proof of evolution lies in those adaptations that
arise from improbable foundations.
- Stephen Jay Gould

An idea or institution may arise for one reason and
be maintained for quite a different reason.
- Joseph McCabe

As soon as questions of will or decision or reason
or choice of action arise,
human science is at a loss.
- Noam Chomsky

Most of these alternative arrangements,
so-called, arise out of the ruins of marriages,
not as an improvement of old fashioned marriage.
- Christopher Lasch

In my model, important interference phenomena arise
when individual strata come into contact.
These chaotic fluctuations are, I suppose,
what my music is really 'about.'
- Brian Ferneyhough

Although technical discussions are interesting to composers,
I suspect that the truly magical and spiritual powers
of music arise from deeper levels of our psyche.
- George Crumb

Great affection is often the cause of violent animosity.
The quarrels of men often arise from too great a familiarity.
- Saskya Pandita

Being a Hot Mom means being respected as a mom and a woman.
And, the key to being a Hot Mom is having a sense of
humor about yourself and all the crazy situations that arise.
- Jami Gertz

First thing every morning before you arise say out loud,
"I believe," three times.
- Ovid

Dogs feel very strongly that they should always go with you in the car,
in case the need should arise for them to bark violently
at nothing right in your ear.
- Dave Barry

Total loyalty is possible only when fidelity is emptied of all concrete content,
from which changes of mind might naturally arise.
- Hannah Arendt

The simplicities of natural laws arise through the
complexities of the language we use for their expression.
- Eugene Wigner

It is a law of life that problems arise when conditions
are there for their solution.
- Walter Sisulu

History's lesson is to make the most of reform opportunities
when they arise because they do not arise often and they do not last long.
- Christopher Bond

Problems arise in that one has to find a balance between
what people need from you and what you need for yourself.
- Jessye Norman

Therefore, once U.S.
forces leave, it is almost inevitable that an anti-Western,
anti-U.S.
regime will arise.
- William Odom

I would hope this experience would help me if that
NFL opportunity were to arise.
But I also know that it's a totally different league.
There's a lot more to it.
- John Elway

When ambitious desires arise in thy heart,
recall the days of extremity thou has passed through.
- Ieyasu Tokugawa

I arise full of eagerness and energy,
knowing well what achievement lies ahead of me.
- Zane Grey

In this movement of colors I find the essence,
which does not arise from a system, or an a priori theory.
- Robert Delaunay

History has repeatedly shown that when a new method
or material becomes available,
new uses for it arise.
- Wilson Greatbatch

In my experience, problems most frequently arise from
those who report for television,
with little field experience in your area but an insatiable
appetite for a sound bite.
- Alvin Adams

When is a crisis reached? When questions arise that can't be answered.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

One would think that in writing about literary men
and matters there would be no difficulty in finding a title for one's essay,
or that any embarrassment which might arise would be from excess of material.
I find this, however, far from being the case.
- James Payn


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