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As our site grows we have decided to add a little extra to entertain our visitors a bit.  This page will grow as time pemits so that we may bring you a chuckle or just needless bits of information.  The kind of stuff one can use to spice up a conversation at a dinner party when someone asks about your "classy pen". 

Our "Classy Pen quotes" can be found at

The pen is the tongue of the mind.
Horace Quintus Horatius Flaccus, (December 8, 65 BC - November 27, 8 BC), known in the English-speaking world as Horace, was the leading Roman lyric poet during the time of Agustus
The new novel, the real new novel, hasn't been written yet. It will be written with a new type of pen.
Ken Kesey (1935-2001)  American novelist best know for his work "One flew over the Kuckoos nest"
I read Get Shorty and Be Cool. He's a wonderful writer. He has his ear and his pen on the pulse of these kinds of characters he's writing about.
Harvey Keitel (1939- ) Acadamy award nominated American actor

I am not afraid of the pen, or the scaffold, or the sword. I will tell the truth wherever I please.
Mother Jones (1837-1930) Prominant orginizer of mining ana union rights in the United States 

Do you think I am standing here, making this up as I go? I am sorry to disillusion you. I am not Robin Williams. I am the king of the pen.
Mitch Hedberg (1968-2005) american standup comedian known for his stylistic elocution routines that consisted of one liners

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  (1904-1991) English playwright, storyteller, novelist, and critic.

A programming language is for thinking about programs, not for expressing programs you've already thought of. It should be a pencil, not a pen.
Paul Graham co founder of viaweb, well known American essayist, programmer, and computer language designer


It has always been my practice to cast a long paragraph in a single mould, to try it by my ear, to deposit it in my memory, but to suspend the action of the pen till I had given the last polish to my work.
Edward Gibbon (1737-1794) English historian and scholar best known for "The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire" often concidered the greatest historical work written in English.

In the back of my mind was the constant hankering, almost yearning, to write but something always stopped me in my tracks. Or if I did find my way to put a pen to paper or finger on a keyboard I'd give up after a few minutes. I'd find other things to do: Anything but writing.
Mary Garden (1874-1967)  Scottish born world renowned opera soprano

People are like, Hey, Jeff, lemme tell you... I'm like, Hold on, let me get a pen and a piece of paper.
Jeff Foxworthy  American comic

The material came bubbling up inside like a geyser or an oil gusher. It streamed up of its own accord, down my arm and out of my fountain pen in a torrent of six thousand words a day.
C. S. Forester (1899-1966) 


Steadily my pen filed the sheet and those long-thought-out words came nearer and nearer.
C. S. Forester (1899-1966)  British historical novelist best known as the creator of Horatio Hornblower


The pen is mightier than the sword, and considerably easier to write with.
Marty Feldman
(1933-1982) British actor comidian best known for his role as Igor in the movie  "Young Frankenstein"

It's also a matter of relying on a routine. You know if you go to the same place, use the same kind of pen, have the same kind of lighting and so on, it becomes an unbreakable habit.
David Eddings (born July 7, 1931) American author who has written several best-selling series of epic fantasy novels.


It's called a pen. It's like a printer, hooked straight to my brain.
Dale Dauten American author and founder of The Innovators’ Lab™, an organization devoted to developing and testing new ideas in management and marketing. 

It makes you wonder who was most embarrassed:

When the Parker Pen Company marketed a ballpoint pen in Mexico, its ads were supposed to say "It won't leak in your pocket and embarrass you." However, the company mistakenly thought the Spanish word "embarazar" meant embarrass. Instead the ads said that "It wont leak in your pocket and make you pregnant." 

Inflated descriptions by the pen or exaggerated illustrations by the pencil.
Grace Darling (24 November 1815 – 20 October 1842) One of Englands best loved Victorian heroines.


The pen wherewith thou dost so heavenly sing Made of a quill from an angel's wing.
Henry Constable (1562-1613). English poet most famous for Diana, a collection of sonnetts.

The writer who loses his self-doubt, who gives way as he grows old to a sudden euphoria, to prolixity, should stop writing immediately: the time has come for him to lay aside his pen.
Sidonie Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954) French novelist whose main themes were joys and pains of love, and female sexuality in the male-dominated world.


Steadily my pen filed the sheet and those long-thought-out words came nearer and nearer.
C. S. Forester (1899-1966) British historical novelist, biographer, and journalist, best-known as the creator of Horatio Hornblower.


I don't want anything to do with anything mechanical between me and the paper, including a typewriter, and I don't even want a fountain pen between me and the paper.
Shelby Foote (1916-2005) Noted American novelist and historian best known for his works on the civil war.


I still draw a lot though. Ballpoint pen is my preferred medium.
Mackenzie Crook (1971- ) British actor best known for his part as the wooden eyed pirate in the Pirates of the Carribean trilogy

A word is a bud attempting to become a twig. How can one not dream while writing? It is the pen which dreams. The blank page gives the right to dream.
Gaston Bachelard (June 27, 1884October 16, 1962) was a French philosipher and poet who rose to some of the most prestigious positions in the French Academy.


In a mood of faith and hope my work goes on. A ream of fresh paper lies on my desk waiting for the next book. I am a writer and I take up my pen to write.
Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973) Pulitzer prize winning American authur.


It's called a pen. It's like a printer, hooked straight to my brain.
Dale Dauten
American authur and columnist

What has any poet to trust more than the feel of the thing? Theory concerns him only until he picks up his pen, and it begins to concern him again as soon as he lays it down.
John Ciardi June 24, 1916 - March 30, 1986
 American poet, translator, and etymologist


"Egotism, n: Doing the New York Times crossword puzzle with a pen."

Ambrose Bierce  born June 24,1842  died 1914?
American journalist, editorialist, short-story writer and satirist best known for his Devil's Dictonary.


"A woman may have a witty tongue or a stinging pen but she will never laugh at her own individual shortcomings."
Irvin S. Cobb
American Author born: 6/23/1876  died 3/10/1944

"I am no Poet here; my pen's the spout where the rain water of my eyes run out."
John Cleveland
English poet born:  6/16/1613  died 4/28/1658


"Every writing career starts as a personal quest for sainthood, for self-betterment. Sooner or later, and as a rule quite soon, a man discovers that his pen accomplishes a lot more than his soul.
Joseph Brodsky

Russian born American poet: born 5/24/1940   died 1/28/1996
to read more on Brodsky go to
a very interesting read.


"I wear my pen as others do their sword."
John Oldham

Oldham emigrated from England to Plymouth Colony with his wife, children, and sister in 1623.  He grew rich in the indian and coastal trade.  He became, amoung other things, a poet and novelist.   

 Thanks to Wikipedia and for the below information!

Zero Gravity
When NASA first started sending up astronauts, they quickly discovered
that ball-point pens would not work in zero gravity.  To combat this
problem, NASA scientists spent a decade and $12 billion developing a pen
that writes in zero gravity, upside-down, on almost any surface including
glass and at temperatures ranging from below freezing to over 300 C.  The
Russians used a pencil. (Your taxes are due again -- enjoy paying them)


Did you know:

Al Faisalia skyscraper in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, takes the shape of a ballpoint pen.

The ballpoint pen drawing
'Inhuman Pyramid' is two meters tall, one and a half meters wide, used up six ballpoint pens and took seven months to complete.

On average, 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens every year.

Ballpoint pens cannot write upside down.  To see why go to

Ballpoint pens cannot write on wet or oily surfaces.


Hungarian journalist Laszlo Biro was well aware of the problems with normal pens. Biro believed that the idea of a pen using a quick-drying ink instead of India ink came to him while visiting a newspape. The newspaper's ink left the paper dry and smudge-free almost immediately. Biro vowed to use a similar ink in a new type of writing instrument. To avoid clogging his pen up with thick ink, he proposed a tiny metal ball that rotated at the end of a tube of this quick drying ink. The ball would have two functions:
  • It would act as a cap to keep the ink from drying.
  • It would let ink flow out of the pen at a controlled rate.

The first ball point pens were used by the Royal Air Force during World War II.  The pens were sturdier than conventional pens and wrote at high altitudes at reduced pressure.  Regular pens flooded at the lower pressure enviroment of a war plane in combat.

In 1945, the first inexpensive ballpoint pens were manufactured when Frenchman Marcel Bich developed the industrial process for making the pens that lowered the unit cost dramatically. In 1949, Bich introduced his pens in Europe. He called the pens "BIC," a shortened, easy-to-remember version of his name. Ten years later, BIC first sold its pens on the American market.

Consumers were reluctant to buy the BIC pens at first, as so many pens had been introduced in the U.S. market by other manufacturers. To counter this hesitancy, the BIC company created an exciting national television campaign to tell consumers that this ballpoint pen "Writes First Time, Every Time!," and sold it for only 29 cents. BIC also launched television ads that depicted its pens being fired from a rifle, strapped to an ice skate, and even mounted on a jackhammer. Within a year, competition forced prices down to less than 10 cents each. Today, the BIC company manufactures millions of ballpoint pens a day!

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