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.
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).