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 the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.” ~ EB White
I usually always get up in the morning with the best of intentions. I have so much I plan to do, so many things to accomplish. Things for myself, things for others. Things I should do, things I want to do, things that are the right things to do, and occasionally things that just are plain wrong but I want to do them anyway. So often, though, I am stranded between competing intentions, and end up instead just spinning my wheels, not accomplishing much of anything. When I first heard this quote from EB White (author of Charlotte’s Web), I thought – yes! That’s it exactly!
So while this is not technically a literary quote since it didn’t show up in any of Mr. White’s published works (sorry if I threw anyone off with the graphic), it’s a quote by a literary person. I guess in this case, I came down on the side of enjoying the world, eh?