Published on October 15, 1952, Charlotte's Web has been recognized by Publishers Weekly as the best-selling children's paperback of all time. Written by E.B. White and illustrated by Garth Williams, it is the tale of a pig named Wilbur who is saved from death at birth by an eight-year-old girl named Fern Arable before forming a friendship with a barn spider named Charlotte A. Cavatica.
It has been adapted into a cartoon, a live action movie, and even a video game. But many people know it first as a book.
Here are 10 terrific quotes from Charlotte's Web that involve matters of life and death, the power of persuasion, and growing up.
10 terrific quotes from Charlotte's Web, by E.B. White
"If I can fool a bug, I can surely fool a man. People are not as smart as bugs."
"An hour of freedom is worth a barrel of slops."
"Children pay better attention than grownups."
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"Control myself? This is a matter of life and death, and you talk about controlling myself."
"Friendship is one of the most satisfying things in the world."
"It is deeply satisfying to win a prize in front of a lot of people."
"It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.'"
"People believe almost anything they see in print."
"The world is a wonderful place when you're young."
"When your stomach is empty and your mind is full, it's always hard to sleep."