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Shocking writing is like murder: the questions the jury must decide are the questions of motive and intent.
~ E(lwyn) B(rooks) White - [Obscenity]

 

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Television hangs on the questionable theory that whatever happens anywhere should be sensed everywhere. If everyone is going to be able to see everything, in the long run all sights may lose whatever rarity value they once possessed, and it may well turn out that people, being able to see and hear practically everything, will be specially interested in almost nothing.
~ E(lwyn) B(rooks) White - [Television]

 

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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. The human race has done nothing much about changing its own appearance to conform to the form and texture of its appurtenances.
~ E(lwyn) B(rooks) White - [Design]

 

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The liberal holds that he is true to the republic when he is true to himself. (It may not be as cozy an attitude as it sounds.) 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. He leaves a crazy trail, but he ranges far beyond the genteel old party he walks with and he is usually in a better position to discover a skunk.
~ E(lwyn) B(rooks) White - [Liberals]

 

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The living language is like a cowpath: it is the creation of the cows themselves, who, having created it, follow it or depart from it according to their whims or their needs. From daily use, the path undergoes change. A cow is under no obligation to stay
~ E(lwyn) B(rooks) White - [Language]

 

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The most puzzling thing about TV is the steady advance of the sponsor across the line that has always separated news from promotion, entertainment from merchandising. The advertiser has assumed the role of originator, and the performer has gradually been eased into the role of peddler.
~ E(lwyn) B(rooks) White - [Television]

 

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The so-called science of poll-taking is not a science at all but mere necromancy. People are unpredictable by nature, and although you can take a nation's pulse, you can't be sure that the nation hasn't just run up a flight of stairs.
~ E(lwyn) B(rooks) White - [Polls]

 

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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(lwyn) B(rooks) White - [Nuclear Age]

 

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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.
~ E(lwyn) B(rooks) White - [Polls]

 

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The whole problem is to establish communication with ones self.
~ E(lwyn) B(rooks) White - [Communication]

 

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There is a period near the beginning of every man's life when he has little to cling to except his unmanageable dream, little to support him except good health, and nowhere to go but all over the place.
~ E(lwyn) B(rooks) White - [Youth]

 

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There is nothing more likely to start disagreement among people or countries than an agreement.
~ E(lwyn) B(rooks) White - [Agreement]

 

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Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar.
~ E(lwyn) B(rooks) White - [Writers and Writing]

 

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You have been my friends, replied Charlotte, that in itself is a tremendous thing...
~ E(lwyn) B(rooks) White - [Friends and Friendship]

 

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