Pen and Pencil Quotes

Pen QuotesThroughout history there have been many great quotes uttered, “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.” by Albert Einstein for example, is one, but what of the great pen and pencil quotes?

Over the past week, we have traversed the internet jungle to find outstanding quotes about pens and pencils that we think you will enjoy reading.

Of course, the internet is a very big place so if you know of any more, please do share them with us in the comments section below.

Let's begin our journey with perhaps the most famous pen quote of them all...

  • "Beneath the rule of men entirely great, the pen is mightier than the sword." - Edward Bulwer-Lytton (English Poet, Playwright & Politician)
  • "To hold a pen is to be at war." - Voltaire (French Writer, Historian & Philosopher)
  • "People still think of me as a cartoonist, but the only thing I lift a pen or pencil for these days is to sign a contract, a check, or an autograph." - Walt Disney (Film Producer & Director)
  • "Do not consider it proof just because it is written in books, for a liar who will deceive with his tongue will not hesitate to do the same with his pen." Maimonides (Medieval Spanish Philosopher)
  • "The pen is the tongue of the mind." - Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (Spanish Writer & Author of Don Quixote)
  • "The pen is mightier than the sword if the sword is very short, and the pen is very sharp". - Terry Pratchett (Author of the Discworld Series)
  • "There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up a pen to write." - William Makepeace Thackeray (English Writer & Author of Vanity Fair)
  • "My two fingers on a typewriter have never connected with my brain. My hand on a pen does. A fountain pen, of course. Ball-point pens are only good for filling out forms on a plane." - Graham Greene (English Writer & Playwright)
  • "I've got a vendetta to destroy the Net, to make everyone go to the library. I love the organic thing of pen and paper, ink on canvas. I love going down to the library, the feel and smell of books." - Joseph Fiennes (English Actor)
  • "I always do book signings with the same blue pen. That way, if I add a personalised message to a book I've already signed, it'll be in the same colour as my signature." - John Grisham (American Author & Lawyer)
  • "The pen is mightier than the sword, and is considerably easier to write with." - Marty Feldman (English Comedian & Writer)

Have a favourite so far? If not, don't worry as there's plenty more!

  • "I pick up my pen. It flows. A building appears. There it is. There is nothing more to say." - Oscar Niemeyer (Brazilian Architect)
  • "For all sad words of tongue and pen, The saddest are these, 'It might have been'." - John Greenleaf Whittier (American Quaker Poet)
  • “The act of putting pen to paper encourages pause for thought, this in turn makes us think more deeply about life, which helps us regain our equilibrium.” - Norbet Platt (ex-CEO of Montblanc International)
  • “Sometimes my feelings are so hot that I have to take the pen and put them out on paper to keep them from setting me afire inside; then all that ink and labor are wasted because I can't print the results.” - Mark Twain (American Author)
  • “No pen, no ink, no table, no room, no time, no quiet, no inclination.” - James Joyce (Irish Author & Poet)
  • “Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands. I will not allow books to prove anything.” - Jane Austen (English Author)
  • "Wearing down seven number two pencils is a good day's work." - Ernest Hemingway (American Author & Journalist)
  • "If everything is not the same, I worry. I always write on an Oxford pad, I always use black Papermate felt-tipped pens, and I always correct my work with Staedtler HB pencils." - Jeffery Archer (English Author)
  • "Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a coloured pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling." - Gilbert K. Chesteron (English Writer)
  • "You can lead a horse to water, but a pencil must be lead." - Stan Laurel (English Actor & Writer)
  • "A fool is someone whose pencil wears out before its eraser does." - Marilyn vos Savant (American Columnist, Author & Playwright)
  • "The computer dictates how you do something, whereas with a pencil you're totally free." - James Dyson (British Inventor of the Dyson Vacuum Cleaner)
  • "I write by hand. I like to see a sentence on a page, see how it flows. I work in longhand in a children's exercise book and then put it on a word processor." - Dick Francis (Steeplechase Jockey & Crime Writer)
  • "In order to write all a man needs is paper and a pencil. Furthermore, when a thing has been written, it is written forever. When it is printed, nothing can stop it from being printed again and again if the thing wants to be printed again and again. I must therefore be a writer." - William Saroyan (Armenian American Dramatist & Author)
  • "I pretty much use sketchbooks to note down great ideas of somebody else's I've just had. A good sketchbook means you don't actually need to bother with having a memory yourself. You can get away with a fair bit of substance abuse if you always carry a notepad and a sharp pencil around with you." - Banksy (British Street Artist)
  • "Margaritas, I'm very fond of, but they make me buy very stupid things. Whenever I've had a few margaritas I always wake up in the morning with a sense of dread as to what I will find downstairs. The worst was a 6ft long pencil and a 2ft wide India rubber that I had shipped over from New York, as a result of one injudicious binge." - Douglas Adams (English Writer & Humourist)
  • Everyone makes mistakes. That’s why there is an eraser on the end of every pencil. - Japanese Proverb

So there you have it! What quote stands out for you, or are we missing a few obvious ones? Tells us below or share with us on Twitter and Facebook.

19 July 2013

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