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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Pen
 
1.  A pen that can write, I hope?
2.  It can write and spell baith, in right hands.
        Scott.—Redgauntlet, Chap. XII.
  1
With one good pen I wrote this book,
  Made of a grey-goose quill;
A pen it was when it I took,
  And a pen I leave it still.
        Gill.
  2
  [This man wrote a Biblical Commentary, which Sir Walter Scott thinks occupies between five and six hundred printed quarto pages, and has this quatrain at the end of the volume. See note D to the Fortunes of Nigel.]  3
Oh! Nature’s noblest gift—my grey-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.
        Byron.—English Bards, Line 6.
  4
I’ll make thee famous by my pen,
And glorious by my sword.
        Montrose.—A Song, My Dear and only Love.
  5
Take away the sword;
States can be saved without it; bring the pen.
        Bulwer Lytton.—Richelieu, Act II. Scene 2.
  6
The pen is mightier than the sword.
        Bulwer Lytton.—Richelieu, Act II. Scene 2.
  7
Those oafs should be restrain’d during their lives
From pen and ink, as madmen are from knives.
        Dryden’s Troilus and Cress. Epi. Line 8 from bottom.
  8
No other use of paper thou should’st make
Than carrying loads and reams upon thy back:
Carry vast burdens till thy shoulders shrink,
But curst be he that gives thee pen and ink:
Such dangerous weapons should be kept from fools,
As nurses from their children keep edg’d tools.
        Dorset.—To Ed. Howard on his Plays.
  9
Let him be kept from paper, pen, and ink;
So may he cease to write, and learn to think.
        Prior.—To a Person who wrote ill.
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