E. B. White was quoted in a 1969 New York Times interview:
If the world were merely seductive that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.
The amazing Lisa Q. Mount share the bolded part with me recently, and since then I’ve been massaging it like a worry stone and drawing great comfort from the reflection.
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