What is Elwyn Brooks White?

  • (noun): United States writer noted for his humorous essays (1899-1985).
    Synonyms: White, E. B. White

Famous quotes containing the words elwyn brooks, white and/or brooks:

    Commuter—one who spends his life
    In riding to and from his wife;
    A man who shaves and takes a train,
    And then rides back to shave again.
    —E.B. (Elwyn Brooks)

    The white man regards the universe as a gigantic machine hurtling through time and space to its final destruction: individuals in it are but tiny organisms with private lives that lead to private deaths: personal power, success and fame are the absolute measures of values, the things to live for. This outlook on life divides the universe into a host of individual little entities which cannot help being in constant conflict thereby hastening the approach of the hour of their final destruction.
    Policy statement, 1944, of the Youth League of the African National Congress. pt. 2, ch. 4, Fatima Meer, Higher than Hope (1988)

    Young, and so thin, and so straight.
    So straight! as if nothing could ever bend her.
    But poor men would bend her, and doing things with poor men,
    Being much in bed, and babies would bend her over,
    And the rest of things in life that were for poor women,
    Coming to them grinning and pretty with intent to bend and to kill.
    —Gwendolyn Brooks (b. 1917)