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Charlotte’s Web Quotes From The Classic Novel

These Charlotte’s Web quotes will remind you of the importance of living in the present.

Did you know that in a 2012 survey of School Library Journal readers, Charlotte’s Web came in first in their poll of the top 100 children’s novels?

Classics are classics for a reason. They are stories that deliver and make us want to be better people.

Weaving a thread between animal and human reality, E.B. White reminds us to live in the present. Like Wilbur and Charlotte, we must accept change and transition.

Life on the farm illustrates that the natural world of animals and insects is just as complex and profound as our reality. This coming-of-age story sheds light on our own lifelong transitions.

Do you focus on experiences from your past that hold you back? Or do you move on to the next chapter of your life the way Charlotte does? The wise spider reminds us “Never hurry and never worry!”

Let these Charlotte’s Web quotes keep you aligned with the now.

Don’t forget to also check out these Anne of Green Gables quotes from the iconic coming of age novel.

Charlotte’s Web quotes on the importance of living in the now

1. “With the right words, you can change the world.”

2. “If I can fool a bug… I can surely fool a man. People are not as smart as bugs.”

3. “I don’t understand it, and I don’t like what I don’t understand.”

4. “Children almost always hang onto things tighter than their parents think they will.”

5. “Never hurry and never worry!”

6. “You have been my friend,” replied Charlotte, “That in itself is a tremendous thing.”

7. “Trust me, Wilbur. People are very gullible. They’ll believe anything they see in print.”

8. “A spider’s web is stronger than it looks. Although it is made of thin, delicate strands, the web is not easily broken.”

9. “Don’t write about Man; write about a man.”

10. “After all, what’s life, anyway? We’re born, we live a little while, we die.”

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11. “It is deeply satisfying to win a prize in front of a lot of people.”

12. “It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer.”

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13. “Salutations are greetings; it’s my fancy way of saying hello.”

14. “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.”

15. “The quickest way to spoil a friendship is to wake somebody up in the morning before he is ready.”

16. ”A spider’s web is stronger than it looks. Although it is made of thin, delicate strands, the web is not easily broken.”

17. “No one had ever had such a friend—so affectionate, so loyal, and so skillful.”

18. “No one had ever had such a friend—so affectionate, so loyal, and so skillful.”

19. “Wilbur was modest; fame did not spoil him.”

20. “The light strengthened, the mornings came sooner.”

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21. “Well I am pretty. Nearly all spiders are good-looking. I’m not as flashy as some, but I’ll do.”

22. “Meetings bore me.”

23. “I’ve got a new friend, all right. But what a gamble friendship is!”

24. “Chin up, chin up. Everybody loves a happy face.”

25. “In good time he was to discover that he was mistaken about Charlotte. Underneath her rather bold and cruel exterior, she had a kind heart, and she was to prove loyal and true to the very end.”

26. “We take to the breeze, we go as we please.”

27. “Wilbur blushed. ‘But I’m not terrific, Charlotte. I’m just about average for a pig.‘”

28. “Nobody, of the hundreds of people that had visited the Fair, knew that a grey spider had played the most important part of all. No one was with her when she died.”

29. “Good things come to those who find it and shove it in their mouth!”

30. “Wilbur never forgot Charlotte. Although he loved her children and grandchildren dearly, none of the new spiders ever quite took her place in his heart.”

Charlotte’s Web quotes that will remind you to live in the present

31. “Life is always a rich and steady time when you are waiting for something to happen or to hatch.”

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32. “The crickets sang in the grasses. They sang the song of summer’s ending, a sad monotonous song. “Summer is over and gone, over and gone, over and gone. Summer is dying, dying.” A little maple tree heard the cricket song and turned bright red with anxiety.”

33. “I say it’s spinach, and I say the hell with it.”

34. “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.”

35. “Alone?” said Fern. “Alone? My best friends are in the barn cellar. It is a very sociable place. Not at all lonely.”

36. “I am a glutton but not a merrymaker.”

37. “I think it is only fair to tell you that I was devoted to your mother. I owe my very life to her…She was brilliant, beautiful, and loyal to the end. I shall always treasure her memory. To you, her daughters, I pledge my friendship, forever and ever.”

38. “An hour of freedom is worth a barrel of slops.”

39. “What do you mean less than nothing? I don’t think there is any such thing as less than nothing. Nothing is absolutely the limit of nothingness. It’s the lowest you can go. It’s the end of the line. How can something be less than nothing? If there were something that was less than nothing, then nothing would not be nothing, it would be something – even though it’s just a very little bit of something. But if nothing is nothing, then nothing has nothing that is less than it is.”

40. “Wilbur didn’t want food, he wanted love. He wanted a friend—someone who would play with him.”

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41. “I think I’ll try again,” said Wilbur, cheerfully. “I believe what I need is a little piece of string to hold me.”

42. “It’s amazing how children change from year to year.”

43. “Everybody who visited the pigpen had a good word to say about Wilbur. Everyone admired the web. And of course, nobody noticed Charlotte.”

44. “Control myself? This is a matter of life and death, and you talk about controlling myself.”

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45. “Fern was up at daylight, trying to rid the world of injustice. As a result, she now has a pig…A small one to be sure, but nevertheless a pig. It just shows what can happen if a person gets out of bed promptly.”

46. “If she took her doll for a walk in the doll carriage, Wilbur followed along. Sometimes, on these journeys, Wilbur would get tired, and Fern would pick him up and put him in the carriage alongside the doll.”

47. “There can be no mistake about it. A miracle has happened and a sign has occurred here on earth, right on our farm, and we have no ordinary pig.”

48. “The message I wrote in my Web, praising Wilbur, has been received. The Zuckerman’s have fallen for it, and so has everybody else.”

49. “You can go back to sleep. O.K., Templeton, the soap ad will do, I guess. I’m not sure Wilbur’s action is exactly radiant, but it’s interesting.”

50. “She was in a class by herself.”

What did you learn from these Charlotte’s Web quotes?

Charlotte’s Web is one of the most beautiful stories ever written. It teaches all of us the importance of mortality. Wilbur is reminded of his own mortality when he is presented with the truth that animals like him are destined for the dinner table.

How do we respond when our mortality is reflected back to us in the form of a health challenge or an acknowledgment that we are getting older?

Some of these experiences can be frightening as they teach us about growing, sacrifice and ultimately, transition. Charlotte understood that all things are transitory. This allowed her to follow her highest excitement in life and pursue excellence in the face of challenges with elegance and gratitude. She knew that everything is reborn; ideas, people, experiences and feelings.

If a spider is capable of such profound yet simple acts of courage and creativity, imagine the meaningful things we can accomplish as humans.

What’s your biggest takeaway from these Charlotte’s Web quotes and lines? Do you have any other favorite quotes to add? Let us know in the comment section below.

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