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Art thou a pen, whose task shall be To drown in ink What writers think? Oh, wisely write, That pages white Be not the worse for ink and thee.

Ethel Lynn Beers (Ethelinda Eliot) Quotes , Source: The Gold Nugget

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You write with ease, to show your breeding, But easy writing's curst hard reading.

Richard Brinsley Sheridan Quotes , Source: Clio's Protest, see Moore's "Life of Sheridan", vol. I, p. 55

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Oh! nature's noblest gift--my gray-goose quill! Slave of my thoughts, obedient to my will, Torn from thy parent-bird to form a pen, That might instrument of little men!

Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron) Quotes , Source: English Bards and Scotch Reviewers (l. 7)

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Let there be gall enough in thy ink, though thou write with a goose-pen, no matter.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Twelfth Night, or, What You Will (Toby at III, ii)

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The pen is mightier than the sword.

Benjamin Franklin Quotes , Source: Oration

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Goose [pen] bee [wax] and calf [parchment] govern the world. [Lat., Anser, apie, vitellus, populus et regna gubernant.]

Benjamin Franklin Quotes , Source: Oration

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Whose noble praise Deserves a quill pluckt from an angel's wing.

Dorothy Berry Quotes , Source: Sonnet, prefixed to Diana Primrose's "Chair of Pearls"

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Beneath the rule of men entirely great The pen is mightier than the sword.

Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, first Baron Lytton Quotes , Source: Richelieu (act II, sc. 2)

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From this it appears how much more cruel the pen may be than the sword. [Lat., Hinc quam sit calamus saevior euse, patet.]

Robert Burton Quotes , Source: Anatomy of Melancholy (pt. I, sec. XXI, mem. 4, subsec. 4)

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The pen wherewith thou dost so heavenly sing Made of a quill from an angel's wing.

Henry Constable Quotes , Source: Sonnet, found in Notes to Todd's "Milton", vol. V, p. 454 (ed. 1826)

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For what made that in glory shine so long But poets' Pens, pluckt from Archangels' wings?

Sir John Davies Quotes , Source: Bien Venu

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The pen became a clarion.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quotes , Source: Monte Cassino (st. 13)

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The swifter hand doth the swift words outrun: Before the tongue hath spoke the hand hath done.

Marcus Valerius Martial Quotes , Source: Epigrams (bk. XIV, ep. 208), (translation by Wright), on a shorthand writer

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The sacred Dove a quill did lend From her high-soaring wing.

Sir Francis Nethersole Quotes , Source: prefixed to Giles Fletcher's "Christ's Victorie"

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Men of quality are in the wrong to undervalue, as they often do, the practise of a fair and quick hand in writing; for it is no immaterial accomplishment. [Lat., Non sest aliena res, quae fere ab honestis negligi solet, cura bene ac velociter scribendi.]

Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilian) Quotes , Source: De Institutione Oratoria (I, 5)

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If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him. [Fr., Qu'on me donne six lignes ecrites de la main du plus honnete homme, j'y trouverai de quoi le faire pendre.]

Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilian) Quotes , Source: De Institutione Oratoria (I, 5)

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So far had the pen, under the king, the superiority over the sword. [Fr., Tant la plume a eu sous le roi d'avantage sur l'epee.]

Louis de Rouvroy duc de St. Simon Quotes , Source: Memories (vol. III, p. 517 (1702) (ed. 1856))

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The feather, whence the pen Was shaped that traced the lives of these good men, Dropped from an Angel's wing.

William Wordsworth Quotes , Source: Ecclesiastical Sonnets (pt. III, V, Walton's Book of Lives)

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