Quotes from E.B. White's Charlotte's Web

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Charlotte's Web is a popular children's book by E.B. White, an acclaimed American writer. The book is about a pig named Wilbur and his adventures and life on a farm. An uncommonly talented spider named Charlotte saves Wilbur from being butchered by writing words in her web. The story deals with themes of the nature of friendship and loss. Here are a few quotes from the book.

Quotes From Charlotte's Web

  • "Wilbur didn't know what to do or which way to run. It seemed as though everybody was after him. 'If this is what it's like to be free,' he thought, 'I believe I'd rather be penned up in my own yard.'"
    - E.B. White, Charlotte's Web, Ch. 3
     
  • "Wilbur didn't want food, he wanted love."
    - E.B. White, Charlotte's Web, Ch. 3
     
  • "I am a glutton but not a merrymaker."
    - E.B. White, Charlotte's Web, Ch. 4
     
  • "[W]hen your stomach is empty and your mind is full, it's always hard to sleep."
    - E.B. White, Charlotte's Web, Ch. 5
     
  • "It's true, and I have to say what's true."
    - E.B. White, Charlotte's Web, Ch. 5
     
  • "'Well,' he thought, 'I've got a new friend, all right. But what a gamble friendship is! Charlotte is fierce, brutal, scheming, bloodthirsty - everything I don't like. How can I learn to like her, even though she is pretty and, of course, clever?'"
    - E.B. White, Charlotte's Web, Ch. 5
     
  • "A rat is a rat."
    - E.B. White, Charlotte's Web, Ch. 6
     
  • "There's a regular conspiracy around here to kill you at Christmastime."
    - E.B. White, Charlotte's Web, Ch. 7
     
  • "If I can fool a bug... I can surely fool a man. People are not as smart as bugs."
    - E.B. White, Charlotte's Web, Ch. 10
     
  • "It seems to me you're a little off. It seems to me we have no ordinary spider."
    - E.B. White, Charlotte's Web, Ch. 11
     
  • "But nobody pointed out that the web itself is a miracle."
    - E.B. White, Charlotte's Web, Ch. 14
     
  • "I don't understand it, and I don't like what I don't understand."
    - E.B. White, Charlotte's Web, Ch. 14
     
  • "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."
    - E.B. White, Charlotte's Web, Ch. 14
     
  • "No one was with her when she died."
    - E.B. White, Charlotte's Web, Ch. 21
     
  • "She was in a class by herself. It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both."
    - E.B. White, Charlotte's Web, Ch. 22