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Quill Quotes


"But the way to wealth through the quill seems long ..." - Elizabeth Charles

"Quill: An instrument of torture yielded by a goose and commonly weilded by as ass." - Ambrose Bierce

"The thought hath good leggs, and the quill a good tongue." - George Herbert

"A witty writer is like a porcupine; his quill makes no distinction between friend and foe." - Josh Billings

"He writes so well he makes me feel like putting my quill back in my goose." - Fred Allen

"The sacred Dove a quill did lend From her high-soaring wing." - Sir Francis Nethersole

"Will no superior genius snatch the quill, and save me on the brink from writing ill?" - Edward Young

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

"Whose noble praise Deserves a quill pluckt from an angel's wing." - Richard Berry

"I don't use a pen. I write with a goose quill dipped in venom." - Clifton Webb

"Give me a condor's quill! Give me Vesuvius crater for an inkstand!" - Herman Melville

"Mellifluous Shakespeare, whose enchanting Quill Commandeth Mirth or Passion, was but Will." - Thomas Heywood

"The Deer don't dine When a Wolf's about, And the Porcupine Sticks his quill-points out." - Arthur Guiterman

"I don't use a pen. I write with a goose quill dipped in venom." - Jay Dratler

"I'm too old-fashioned to use a computer. I'm too old-fashioned to use a quill." - Christopher Plummer

"The Deer don't dineWhen a Wolf's about,And the PorcupineSticks his quill-points out." - Arthur Guiterman

"He rams his quill with scandal and with scoff, But 'tis so very foul, it won't go off." - Edward Young

"Xenophon wrote with a swan's quill, Plato with a pen of gold, and Thucydides with a brazen stylus." - Joseph Joubert

"Do not shout at me, Mr. Quill," said John [Adams]. "Justice may be blind, but she is not deaf." - Orson Scott Card

"Thoth, Hermes, the stylus, the palette, the pen, the quill endure, though our books are a floor of smouldering ash under our feet." - Hilda Doolittle

"Be circumspect how you offend schollers, for knowe, a serpent tooth bites not so ill, as dooth a schollers angrie quill." - John Florio

"I don't use any fance quill pens or pads, because I can't read my own handwriting. I just use whatever computer is laying around, and start writing." - Mitch Albom

"Moon, worn thin to the width of a quill, In the dawn clouds flying, How good to go, light into light, and still Giving light, dying." - Sara Teasdale

"The funny thing about writing is I think a lot of people assume that you're sitting in a garret with a quill pen for hour after hour." - Lincoln Child

"Moon, worn thin to the width of a quill,/ In the dawn clouds flying,/ How good to go, light into light, and still/ Giving light, dying." - Sara Teasdale

"I still use quill and parchment. I do e-mails, and I write, but I don't go around surfing too much." - Oscar Nunez

"You know, it's hard work to write a book. I can't tell you how many times I really get going on an idea, then my quill breaks. Or I spill ink all over my writing tunic." - Ellen Degeneres

"Write with your eyes like painters, with your ears like musicians, with your feet like dancers. You are the truthsayer with quill and torch. Write with your tongues of fire. Don't let the pen banish you from yourself." - Gloria E. Anzald˙a

"Harry moved the tip of his eagle-feather quill down the page, frowning as he looked for something that would help him write his essay, "Witch Burning in the Fourteenth Century Was Completely Pointless - discuss." - J K Rowling

"How d'you spell 'belligerent'?" said Ron, shaking his quill very hard while staring at his parchment. "It can't be B - U - M -" "No, it isn't," said Hermione. "And 'augury' doesn't begin O - R - G either." - J K Rowling

"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

"How d"you spell "belligerent"?" said Ron, shaking his quill very hard while staring at his parchment. "It ca' be B - U - M -" "No, it is'," said Hermione. "And "augury" does' begin O - R - G either." - J K Rowling

"All I ask, is the privilege for my masculine part the poet in me.... If I must not, because of my sex, have this freedom... I lay down my quill and you shall hear no more of me." - Aphra Behn

"The male clerk with his quill pen and copper-plate handwriting had gone for good. The female short-hand typist took his place. It was a decisive moment in women's emancipation." - A J P Taylor

"Maine should be pleased that its animal is not a waverer, and rather than fight, lets the primed quill fall. Shallow oppressor, intruder, insister, you have found a resister." - Marianne Moore

"Oh, nature's noblest gift, my grey goose quill, Slave of my thoughts, obedient to my will, Torn from the parent bird to form a pen, That mighty instrument of little men." - Lord Byron

"Maine should be pleased that its animal is not a waverer, and rather than fight, lets the primed quill fall. Shallow oppressor, intruder, insister, you have found a resister." - Marianne Moore

"For once the disease of reading has laid upon the system it weakens so that it falls an easy prey to that other scourge which dwells in the ink pot and festers in the quill. The wretch takes to writing." - Virginia Woolf

"Science offers no brief for the telekinetic powers of Darth Vader and hardly any greater justification for the faster-than-light travel that makes his empire possible. And yet what is 'Star Wars' if not pure quill SF?" - Paul Di Filippo

"Think of all that hard work our founding fathers put in - the revolutionizing, the three-fifths compromising, having to write the entire Constitution with a quill - and yet they neglected to include the right to vote." - Mo Rocca

"The word processor is a better tool than a quill pen because you can do so much more with it, but on the other hand, what you have to say and how you say it is the ultimate determination." - Walter Murch

"As the knight of the quill never ventured into the fight, and only snuffed the battle afar, he knew nothing accurately of battles, but managed to pick up a few real or supposed incidents from the wounded and from stragglers." - Daniel H Hill

"Could we with ink the ocean fill, And were the heavens of parchment made, Were every stalk on earth a quill, And every man a scribe by trade; To write the love of God above, Would drain the ocean dry; Nor could the scroll contain the whole, Though stretch'd from sky to sky." - Rabbi L. Ben Isaac Mayer

"The woosel cock so black of hue, With orange-tawny bill, The throstle with his note so true, The wren with little quill - ... The finch, the sparrow, and the lark, The plain-song cuckoo grey, Whose note full many a man doth mark, And dares not answer nay." - William Shakespeare

"The fangs of a bear, and the tusks of a wild boar, do not bite worse and make deeper gashes than a goose-quill sometimes; no, not even the badger himself, who is said to be so tenacious of his bite that he will not give over his hold till he feels his teeth meet and the bones crack." - James Howell

"That's very cool. Absolutely! You want to know where this guy came from, but you also want to know about the relationship between him and Quill, and how they ended up living together, for the last 18 or 19 years, without killing one another. He's a strong young man, and it's because of Yondu." - Michael Rooker

"Give me a condor's quill! Give me Vesuvius's crater for an ink stand.... To produce a mighty book you must choose a mighty theme. No great and enduring volume can ever be written on a flea, though many there be that have tried it." - Herman Melville

"With a goose-quill and a few sheets of paper, I mock myself of the universe. They say I am the son of a courtesan; it may be so, but I have the heart of a King. I live free, I enjoy myself, I can call myself happy." - Pietro Aretino

"Nobody worked harder than Mozart. By the time he was twenty-eight years old, his hands were deformed because of all the hours he had spent practicing, performing, and gripping a quill pen to compose. That's the missing element in the popular portrait of Mozart." - Twyla Tharp

"When you have committed enough words to paper, you feel you have a spine stiff enough to stand up in the wind. But when you stop writing, you find that's all you are - a spine, a row of rattling vertebrae, dried out like an old quill pen." - Hilary Mantel

"Take any writer you want in the 19th century: they wrote with quill pens, dipping a piece of goose feather in ink and writing. And yet we read those novels today, and if we're sensitive to them, we respond to them with an immediacy that is stronger than anything written today on a word processor." - Walter Murch

"While he writes, I feel as if he is drawing me; or not drawing me, drawing on me - drawing on my skin - not with the pencil he is using, but with an old-fashioned goose pen, and not with the quill end but with the feather end. As if hundreds of butterflies have settled all over my face, and are softly opening and closing their wings." - Margaret Atwood

"Words, words, word. Once, I had the gift. I could make love out of words as a potter makes cups of clay. Love that overthrows empire. Love that binds two hearts together, come hellfire & brimstone. For sixpence a line, I could cause a riot in a nunnery. But now - I have lost my gift. It's as if my quill is broken, as if the organ of my imagination has dried up, as if the proud -illegible word- of my genius has collapsed." - Jeffrey Eugenides

"The first of a thousand lies. Truth flowed to Micah Quill, was sucked in and disappeared, and emerged again looking ever so much like it used to, but changed subtly, at the edges, where none would notice, so that simple truth became a complicated fabric indeed, one that could wrap you up so tightly and close you off from the air until you suffocated in it." - Orson Scott Card

"I thought tamarinds were made to eat, but that was probably not the idea. I ate several, and it seemed to me that they were rather sour that year. They pursed up my lips, till they resembled the stem-end of a tomato, and I had to take my sustenance through a quill for twenty-four hours. They sharpened my teeth till I could have shaved with them, and gave them a 'wire edge' that I was afraid would stay; but a citizen said 'no, it will come off when the enamel does' - which was comforting, at any rate. I found, afterward, that only strangers eat tamarinds - but they only eat them once." - Mark Twain

"As Harry and Ron rounded the clump of trees behind which Harry had first heard the dragons roar, a witch leapt out from behind them. It was Rita Skeeter. She was wearing acid-green robes today; the Quick-Quotes Quill in her hand blended perfectly against them. "Congratulations, Harry!' she said beaming at him. "I wonder if you could give me a quick word? How you felt facing that dragon? How do you feel now about the fairness of the scoring?" "Yeah, you can have a word," said Harry savagely. "Goodbye!" - J K Rowling