|Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.|
|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 BeersThe Gold Nugget.
| Whose noble praise|
Deserves a quill pluckt from an angels wing.
Dorothy BerrySonnet. Prefixed to Diana Primroses Chain of Pearls. (1699).
|Beneath the rule of men entirely great|
The pen is mightier than the sword.
Bulwer-LyttonRichelieu. Act II. Sc. 2.
|Hinc quam sit calamus sævior euse, patet.|
From this it appears how much more cruel the pen may be than the sword.
BurtonAnatomy of Melancholy. Pt. I. Sec. XXI. Mem. 4. Subsec. 4.
|Oh! natures noblest giftmy gray-goose quill!|
Slave of my thoughts, obedient to my will,
Torn from thy parent-bird to form a pen,
That mighty instrument of little men!
ByronEnglish Bards and Scotch Reviewers. L. 7.
|The pen wherewith thou dost so heavenly sing|
Made of a quill from an angels wing.
Henry ConstableSonnet. Found in Notes to Todds Milton. Vol. V. P. 454. (Ed. 1826.)
|For what made that in glory shine so long|
But poets Pens, pluckt from Archangels wings?
John DaviesBien Venu.
|The pen is mightier than the sword.|
|Anser, apie, vitellus, populus et regna gubernant.|
Goose [pen] bee [wax] and calf [parchment] govern the world.
Quoted by James Howell. Letters. Bk. II. Letter 2.
|The pen became a clarion.|
LongfellowMonte Cassino. St. 13.
|The swifter hand doth the swift words outrun:|
Before the tongue hath spoke the hand hath done.
MartialEpigrams. Bk. XIV. Ep. 208. Trans. by Wright. (On a shorthand writer.)
| The sacred Dove a quill did lend|
From her high-soaring wing.
F. Nethersole. Prefixed to Giles Fletchers Christs Victorie.
| Non sest aliena res, quæ fere ab honestis negligi solet, cura bene ac velociter scribendi.|
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.
QuintilianDe Institutione Oratorio. I. 5.
| Quon me donne six lignes écrites de la main du plus honnête homme, jy trouverai de quoi le faire pendre.|
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.
Attributed to Richelieu by FournierLEsprit dans lHistoire. Ch. XLI. P. 255. (1883).
| Tant la plume a eu sous le roi davantage sur lépée.|
So far had the pen, under the king, the superiority over the sword.
Saint SimonMémoires. Vol. III. P. 517. (1702). (Ed. 1856).
| Let there be gall enough in thy ink, though thou write with a goose-pen, no matter.|
Twelfth Night. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 52.
| You write with ease, to show your breeding, But easy writings curst hard reading.|
R. B. SheridanClios Protest. See Moores Life of Sheridan. Vol. I. P. 55.
| The feather, whence the pen|
Was shaped that traced the lives of these good men,
Dropped from an Angels wing.
WordsworthEcclesiastical Sonnets. Pt. III. V. Waltons Book of Lives.