2. “Luck has nothing to do with it! It was good management and hard work!” – Goose

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

4. “If I can fool a bug, I can surely fool a man. People are not as smart as bugs.” – Charlotte A. Cavatica

5. “It’s true, and I have to say what is true.” – Charlotte A. Cavatica

6. “After all, what’s a life, anyway? We’re born, we live a little while, we die.” – Charlotte A. Cavatica

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

8. “I don’t understand it, and I don’t like what I don’t understand.” – Mrs. Arable

9. “Trust me, Wilbur. People are very gullible. They’ll believe anything they see in print.” – Charlotte A. Cavatica

10. “If this is what it’s like to be free. I believe I’d rather be penned up.” – Wilbur

11. “I just love it here in the barn, I love everything about this place.” – Wilbur

12. “I mean it was clear as day. T-E-R-R-I-F-I-C, I mean can you believe a spider wrote that? I didn’t learn how to spell that word until I was in the 10th grade!” – Mrs. Zuckerman

13. “Please come with me! I need you, Charlotte. You’ve just got to come.” – Wilbur

14. “I knew you wouldn’t forsake me just when I need you most.” – Wilbur

15. “Control myself? This is a matter of life and death, and you talk about controlling myself.” – Fern Arable


16. “Salutations are greetings; it’s my fancy way of saying hello.” – Charlotte A. Cavatica

17. “Of course. You are a famous pig and you are a good pig. Tomorrow you will probably win a prize. The whole world will hear about you. Zuckerman will be proud and happy to own such a pig. You have nothing to fear, Wilbur—nothing to worry about. Maybe you’ll live forever—who knows? And now, go to sleep.” – Charlotte A. Cavatica

18. Charlotte: “Goodbye—my sweet, sweet Wilbur.”

 Wilbur: “Goodbye, Charlotte. I love you.”

19. “But is it a good word, Charlotte? I mean, is it a true word? I don’t feel like I deserve all of the great words you’ve written about me.” – Wilbur

20. “ I only distribute pigs to early risers, and Fern was up at daylight trying to rid the world of injustice.” – Mrs. Arable

21. “But no—with men it’s rush, rush, rush, every minute. I’m glad I’m a sedentary spider.” – Charlotte A. Cavatica

22. “I could spin a web, if I tried, I’ve just never tried.” – Wilbur

23. “But Charlotte, I’m not terrific—I’m just about average for a pig.” – Wilbur

24. “What do you mean you won’t see your children! Of course, you will—it’s going to be simply wonderful next spring in the barn cellar, with 514 baby spiders running around.” – Wilbur

25. “Oh, I’ll work it out alone, I can think better if I think alone.” – Charlotte A. Cavatica

26. “You coach me and I’ll spin one. It must be a lot of fun to spin a web. How do I start?” – Wilbur

27. “Well, what can I say about this pig that hasn’t already been said? I know a lot of you folks have come out to the farm and you’ve seen the words, and a lot of you have asked me, ‘how could this have happened?’ I don’t know, but it has happened—at a time when we really don’t see many miraculous things. Maybe we do. Maybe they’re all right there around us every day, we just don’t know where to look.” – Homer Zuckerman

28. “Humble. Humble has two meanings; it means ‘not proud’ and it also means ‘near the ground.’ That’s Wilbur all over.” – Charlotte A. Cavatica

29. “Your success in the ring this morning was, to a small degree, my success.” – Charlotte A. Cavatica

30. “A spider’s life can’t help being something of a mess, with all this trapping and eating flies. 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.” – Charlotte A. Cavatica

31. “I am sure that every one of us here will be gratified to learn that after four weeks of unremitting effort, and patience on the part of our friend, the goose, she now has something to show for it. The goslings have arrived. May I offer my sincere congratulations!” – Charlotte A. Cavatica

32. “Chin up, chin up. Everybody loves a happy face. Wear it, share it. It’ll brighten up the darkest place. Twinkle, sparkle. Let a little sunshine in. You’ll be on the right side, looking at the bright side. Up with your chinny-chin-chin.” – Charlotte A. Cavatica

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

34. “No! Just climb down, I’ll carry you the rest of the way! We’ll go back to the barn and I’ll take care of you!” – Wilbur

35. “Now for the R! Up we go! Attach! Descend! Pay-out line! Whoa! Attach! Good! Up you go! Repeat! Attach! Descend! Pay-out line. Whoa, girl! Steady now!” – Charlotte A. Cavatica

36. “Your future is assured. You will live, secure, and safe, Wilbur. Nothing can harm you now.” – Charlotte A. Cavatica

37. “You’re terrific as far as I’m concerned, and that’s what counts. You’re my best friend, and I think you’re sensational. Now stop arguing and go get some sleep!” – Charlotte A. Cavatica

38. “Get up! Stop acting like a spoiled child!” – Wilbur

39. “No, my webs were no miracle, Wilbur. I was only describing what I saw. The miracle is you.” – Charlotte A. Cavatica

40. “We’re leaving here on the warm updraft. This is our moment for setting forth. We are aeronauts and we are going out into the world to make webs for ourselves.” – Little spider

41. “Wherever the wind takes us. High, low. Near, far. East, west. North, south. We take to the breeze, we go as we please.” – Little spider

42. Charlotte’s Daughters: “Oh, that would take us a lifetime.”

 Wilbur: “A lifetime. That’s what we have.”

43. Goose: “You have a good home, home, here. Why aren’t you happy, happy, happy?”

Wilbur: “I miss Fern.”

44. “Well, I don’t think you have anything to worry about. Let Fern associate with her friends in the barn if she wants to. I would say, offhand, that spiders and pigs were fully as interesting as Henry Fussy. Yet I predict that the day will come when even Henry will drop some chance remark that catches Fern’s attention. It’s amazing how children change from year to year.” – Dr. Dorian

45. “Well, 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?” – Wilbur

46. “Then write this in your webs, when you learn. ‘This hallowed doorway was once the home of Charlotte. She was brilliant, beautiful, and loyal to the end. Her memory will be treasured forever.’” – Wilbur

47. “When I heard Zuckerman’s famous pig was here, I came looking for you.” – Henry Fussy

48. “Oh, Wilbur—don’t you know what you’ve already done? You made me your friend and in doing so, you made a spider beautiful to everyone in that barn.” – Charlotte A. Cavatica

49. “Joy! Aranea! Nellie! Welcome to the barn cellar.” – Wilbur

50. “Charlotte, are you really going to have 514 children?” – Wilbur

51. “Okay. Wilbur, you can go back to sleep. Okay. Templeton, the soap ad will do, I guess. I’m not sure Wilbur’s action is exactly radiant, but it’s interesting.” – Charlotte A. Cavatica

52. “The message I wrote on my web, praising Wilbur, has been received. The Zuckermans have fallen for it, and so has everybody else. Zuckerman thinks Wilbur is an unusual pig, and therefore he won’t want to kill him and eat him. I dare say my trick will work and Wilbur’s life can be saved.” – Charlotte A. Cavatica

53. “Will Mr. Homer Zuckerman bring his famous pig to the judges’ booth in front of the grandstand. A special award will be made there in 20 minutes. Everyone is invited to attend. Crate your pig, please, Mr. Zuckerman, and report to the judges’ booth promptly!” – Fair Emcee

54. “She’s going to become a mother. For your information, there are 514 eggs in that peachy, little sac.” – Wilbur

55. “There’s no denying that our own little Wilbur—he’s part of something that’s bigger than all of us. And life on that farm’s just a whole lot better with him in it. He really is some pig.” – Homer Zuckerman

56. “Thank you, thank you, everybody. He’s some pig, and if I have anything to do with it, he’s gonna live to a ripe old age!” – Homer Zuckerman

57. “Well, I am pretty. Nearly all spiders are good-looking. I’m not as flashy as some, but I do.” – Charlotte A. Cavatica

58. “Congratulations! How many are there?” – Wilbur

59. “And this handsome bronze medal suitably engraved, to this radiant, this terrific, this—humble pig.” – Fair Emcee

60. “Charlotte, do you really think Zuckerman will let me live and not kill me when the cold weather comes? Do you really think so?” – Wilbur

61. “Kill you. Turn you into smoked bacon and ham.” – The Sheep

62. “It means I’m slowing up, feeling my age. I’m not young anymore, Wilbur. But I don’t want you to worry about me.” – Charlotte A. Cavatica

63. “That remains to be seen. But I am going to save you, and I want you to quiet down immediately. You’re carrying on in a childish way. Stop your crying! I can’t stand hysterics.” – Charlotte A. Cavatica

64. “Now Fern, I know a lot more about raising pigs than you do. A weakling makes trouble, now run along.” – Mr. Arable

65. “Oh, don’t pay any attention to me, I just don’t have much pep anymore. I guess I feel sad because I won’t ever see my children.” – Charlotte A. Cavatica

66. “Yes, he’s a wonderful pig. It’s hard to believe that he was the runt of the litter. You’ll get some extra good ham and bacon, Homer, when it comes time to kill that pig.” – Mr. Arable

67. “Well, I don’t like to spread bad news, but they’re fattening you up because they’re going to kill you, that’s why.” – The Sheep

68. “Yes. I always give them an anesthetic so they won’t feel pain. It’s a little service I throw in.” – Charlotte A. Cavatica

69. “Maybe. However, I have a feeling I’m not going to see the results of last night’s efforts. I don’t feel good at all. I think I’m languishing, to tell you the truth.” – Charlotte A. Cavatica

70. “No, Wilbur—I don’t even have the strength to climb down.” – Charlotte A. Cavatica

71. “You’ll worry, all right, when winter comes. If Wilbur is killed and his trough stands empty, then you’ll grow so thin we can look right through your stomach and see objects on the other side!” – Goose

72. “All right. He’s yours, saved from an untimely death.” – Mr. Arable

73. “Wilbur—we’re born, we live, and when our time comes, we die. It’s just the natural cycle of life.” – Charlotte A. Cavatica

74. “Please don’t kill it! It’s unfair.” – Fern Arable

75. “Just because it’s smaller than the others?” – Fern Arable

76. “Don’t yell, Fern. The pig will probably die, anyway.” – Mrs. Arable

77. “That’s a fine specimen of a pig—it’s no bigger than a white rat.” – Avery

78. “No, certainly not! A little girl is one thing, a runty pig is another.” – Mr. Arable

79. “But it’s unfair! If I had been very small, would you have killed me?” – Fern Arable

80. “I don’t see any difference! This is the most terrible case of injustice that I’ve ever heard of!” – Fern Arable

81. “Templeton, I will make you a solemn promise. Get Charlotte’s egg sac for me, and from now on I will let you eat first when Lurvy slops me.” – Wilbur

82. “Oh, look at him; he’s absolutely perfect! His name is—Wilbur.” – Fern Arable

83. “Run pig! Be free! I would if I could.” – Golly the Goose

84. “Certainly not. Versatile means I can turn with ease from one thing to another.” – Charlotte A. Cavatica

85. Wilbur: “Are you writers?”

Charlotte’s Daughters: “No, but we will be when we grow up.”

86. “You may have the egg. But I’ll tell you one thing, Templeton, if I ever catch you poking-poking-poking your ugly nose around our goslings, I’ll give you the worst pounding a rat ever took.” – Goose

87. “Perhaps next time I call a meeting to discuss Wilbur’s safety, you’ll see fit to attend.” – Charlotte A. Cavatica

88. “Oh? Now I’ve got a good mind to let you raise this pig, then you’ll see what trouble a pig can be.” – Mr. Arable

89. “A pig doesn’t grow fat on kisses and hugs, Fern. Now take him inside and feed him.” – Mr. Arable

90. “Do you realize that if I didn’t eat them, bugs would get so numerous, they’d destroy the earth? Spiders are really very useful creatures.” – Charlotte A. Cavatica

91. “The goose was right, this fair is a rat’s paradise! Bye-bye, my ‘humble’ Wilbur. Fare thee well, Charlotte, you old schemer! This will be a night to remember!” – Templeton

92. “Well, you can’t talk. You have your meals brought to you in a pail. Nobody feeds me. I live by my wits.” – Charlotte A. Cavatica

93. “Why did you do all this for me? I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.” – Wilbur

94. “I wove my webs for you because I liked you.” – Charlotte A. Cavatica

95. “Friendship is one of the most satisfying things in the world.” – Wilbur

96. “Never hurry and never worry!” – Charlotte A. Cavatica

97. “Don’t write about Man; write about a man.” – Charlotte A. Cavatica

98. “The quickest way to spoil a friendship is to wake somebody up in the morning before he is ready.” – Charlotte A. Cavatica

99. “You’re a pig! Pig equals slop. The rat is happy!” – Templeton

100. “Why, certainly. I eat anything that gets caught in my web. I have to live, don’t I?” – Charlotte A. Cavatica

101. “Did you say ‘just the rat?’ For your information, pig, the rat rules! We were here long before your kind and we’ll be here long after. So, you just keep that in mind next time you feel like reducing me to just ‘the rat.’” – Templeton

102. Wilbur: “I didn’t know you could lay eggs.”

Charlotte A. Cavatica: “Oh yes. I’m versatile.”

103. “How about ‘Pig Supreme?’” – Lamb

104. “It just seems an odd sort of diet.” – Wilbur

105. “I think it’s ‘T,’ double ‘E,’ double ‘R,’ double ‘R,’ double ‘I,’ double ‘F,’ double ‘I,’ double ‘C, C, C!’” – Goose

106. Wilbur: “You called yourself ‘The Rat.’”

Templeton: “I can call me that. You can’t.”

107. “What kind of acrobat do you think I am? It would take me all night to write that.” – Charlotte A. Cavatica

108. “Mmmm. No good. It sounds like a rich dessert.” – Charlotte A. Cavatica

115. Wilbur: “So you eat flies?”

Charlotte A. Cavatica: “No, no, no. I drink their blood.”

109. “My name’s Wilbur! Do you have a name or is it just ‘The Rat?’” – Wilbur

110. “Well, I’m ‘not’ Zuckerman’s famous pig!” – Fern Arable

111. “Of course you do, we all do.” – Charlotte A. Cavatica

112. “We have no time to lose!” – Mr. Zuckerman

113. “My, my! Henry Fussy. Think of that!” – Mrs. Arable

114. “It’s really thoughtful of you to do that, Charlotte.” – Wilbur

116. “Actually, I feel radiant.” – Wilbur

117. “Then, Wilbur, it’s a perfect word.” – Charlotte A. Cavatica

118. “Can I have a pig too, Pop?” – Avery Arable

119. “He’s as smooth as they come. He’s some pig.” – Lurvy

120. “Does versatile mean full of eggs?” – Wilbur

121. “Let’s see you do it.” – Charlotte A. Cavatica

122. “How about terrific, terrific, terrific?” – Goose

123. “I think you’re beautiful.” – Wilbur

124. Wilbur: “I don’t want to die!”

Charlotte A. Cavatica: “You shall not die.”

125. “Seven is a lucky number.” – Charlotte A. Cavatica

126. “They’re going to what?” – Wilbur

127. “Every day was a happy day, and every night was peaceful.” – E.B. White, Author

128. “It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer.” – E.B. White, Author

129. ”A spider’s web is stronger than it looks. Although it is made of thin, delicate strands, the web is not easily broken.” – E.B. White, Author

130. “All winter, Wilbur watched over Charlotte’s egg sac as though he were guarding his own children. And after many long days and nights, the snow melted and ran away.” – E.B. White, Author

131. “Life is always a rich and steady time when you are waiting for something to happen or to hatch.” – E.B. White, Author

132. “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?” – E.B. White, Author

133. “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.” – E.B. White, Author

134. “This old world is filled with wonders, but to me, there is no place more wonderful than a farm in springtime, when the sun is just lifting from the skyline. The air is so sweet and everywhere you look, little miracles are happening. Buds swell into blossoms, eggs hatch, young are born.” – E.B. White, Author

135. “Children almost always hang onto things tighter than their parents think they will.” – E.B. White, Author 

136. “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.” – E.B. White, Author

137. “It is not easy to look radiant, but Wilbur threw himself into it with a will. He would turn his head slightly and blink his long eyelashes. Then he would breathe deeply. And when the audience grew bored, he would spring into the air and do a backflip with a half twist.” – E.B. White, Author

138. “Wilbur’s stomach was empty and his mind was full. Well, when your stomach is empty and your mind is full, It’s hard to fall asleep. But sleep and Wilbur finally found each other.” – E.B. White, Author

139. “Once she had promised Wilbur she was going to save his life, Charlotte was determined to keep her promise. Day after day, she hung from her web and waited patiently for an idea to come to her.” – E.B. White, Author

140. “On foggy mornings, Charlotte’s web was truly a thing of beauty. This morning each thin strand was decorated with dozens of tiny beads of water. The web glistened in the light and made a pattern of loveliness and mystery, like a delicate veil.” – E.B. White, Author

141. “As time went on, and the months and years came and went, he was never without friends. But Charlotte’s children and and great-grandchildren, year after year, lived in the doorway.” – E.B. White, Author

142. “Every day Wilbur would stand and look at the torn, empty web, and a lump would come to his throat. No one had ever had such a friend—so affectionate, so loyal, and so skillful.” – E.B. White, Author

143. “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.” – E.B. White, Author

144. “People had come to see Wilbur when he was ‘some pig,’ and came back again now that he was ‘terrific.’” – E.B. White, Author

145. “Wilbur didn’t want food, he wanted love. He wanted a friend—someone who would play with him.” – E.B. White, Author

146. “The next day was the saddest one Fern and Wilbur had ever known, for the young pig was taken from his home under the apple tree, and sold down the road to Fern’s uncle, Homer Zuckerman.” – E.B. White, Author

147. “Everybody who visited the pigpen had a good word to say about Wilbur. Everyone admired the web. And of course, nobody noticed Charlotte.” – E.B. White, Author

148. “She never moved again. Next day, as the Ferris wheel was being taken apart and the racehorses were being loaded into vans and the entertainers were packing up their belongings and driving away in their trailers, Charlotte died.” – E.B. White, Author

149. “Everyone rejoiced to find that the miracle of the web had been repeated. Wilbur gazed up lovingly into their faces. He looked very humble and very grateful.” – E.B. White, Author

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