Happy Birthday E.B. White!

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Let’s remember this iconic author on the anniversary of his birth.

On this day in 1899, Elwyn Brooks (E.B.) White was born in North Brooklin, Maine.  While E.B. White is best known for his children’s books (Stuart Little, Charlotte’s Web, and The Trumpet of the Swan), he was also a prolific essayist, poet, satirist, and editor.  During his career, E.B. White received a Presidential Medal of Freedom and a Pulitzer Prize special citation.

In honor of this beloved author’s birthday, here are some of his most memorable quotes.

“Are my stories true, you ask? No, they are imaginary tales … But real life is only one kind of life — there is also the life of the imagination.”

 “You have been my friend … That in itself is a tremendous thing.” (From Charlotte’s Web)

 “One of the most time-consuming things is to have an enemy.”

 “Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar.”

“It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer.” (From Charlotte’s Web)

 “All that I hope to say in books, all that I ever hope to say, is that I love the world.”

“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.” (From Charlotte’s Web)

 “Hang on to your hat. Hang on to your hope. And wind the clock, for tomorrow is another day.”

 “Anyone who writes down to children is simply wasting his time. You have to write up, not down. Children are demanding. They are the most attentive, curious, eager, observant, sensitive, quick, and generally congenial readers on earth. They accept, almost without question, anything you present them with, as long as it is presented honestly, fearlessly, and clearly.”

“Humor can be dissected, as a frog can, but the thing dies in the process, and the innards are discouraging to any but the pure scientific mind.”

“A library is a good place to go when you feel unhappy, for there, in a book, you may find encouragement and comfort. A library is a good place to go when you feel bewildered or undecided, for there, in a book, you may have your question answered. Books are good company, in sad times and happy times, for books are people—people who have managed to stay alive by hiding between the covers of a book.”

“Life’s meaning has always eluded me, and I guess it always will. But I love it just the same.”

Join us at The Maria Sanchez Show as we remember author E.B. White in honor of his birthday. Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown. Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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