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How about a post in the spirit of Bartlett’s Quotations, focusing on Fountain Pens.

A collection of all the truisms, maxims, pithy little sayings you’ve come up with, or heard once and remembered.

Here’s a few of my own.

 

- A fountain pen always knows when your wearing your favorite shirt.

 

- There’s an unholy attraction between nibs and feeds and an open drain.

 

- Don’t blame the pen for the ink.

 

- To push down on a fountain pen; to force it to write, is to still not understand fountain pens.

 

- Sometimes an ugly pen writes better than a beautiful one.

 

- The nib and feed are 90% of a good pen, and 100% of a bad one.

 

- Perfect pen and ink combinations, unexplained, but it happens.

 

- The best fountain pen somehow makes your handwriting look better.

 

 

 

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Dropped pens always land on the nib!

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- The thing that justifies a cranky, inefficient artifact like a fountain pen is how it can express the writers personality.

 

- sidthecat

 

Edited to attribute the source. Thanks for a nice quote, sidthecat, I've paraphrased it often since first seeing it to explain in brief why I use fountain pens.

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I'm gonna make one up as influenced by FPN particularly @Bo Bo Olsen

 

- There's a new pen or sucker born every month

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A pen is a pen is a pen is a pen (repeating) is not true.

 

Life is too short not to enjoy a good pen (or cigar, car, meal, drink, holiday .....).

 

Fill yer hand with .....ink.

 

A nib is where the thought meets the paper.

 

The fountain pen is mightier than the ballpoint.

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Life is too short to write with an ugly pen or black ink!

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"IV. Avoid haphazard writing materials. A pedantic adherence to certain papers, pens, inks is beneficial. No luxury, but an abundance of these utensils is indispensable."

Walter Benjamin, "The Writer's Technique in Thirteen Theses", from One-Way Street (1925–26)

Lined paper makes a prison of the page.

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Here are two from famous writers:

 

 

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

 

None of us can have as many virtues as the fountain-pen, or half its cussedness; but we can try.

Mark Twain

The prizes of life are never to be had without trouble - Horace
Kind words do not cost much, yet they accomplish much - Pascal

You are never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream - C.S. Lewis

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HM The Queen to Prince Philip at a press conference and needing to sign a document.

 

'Have you brought your pen'

 

'Err no'

 

'I told you to'

 

Seeing the problem, Arthur Edwards, photographer at the Sun, hands her a Bic.

 

Her response.

 

'Hmm, a ballpoint'.

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.... Some pen, somewhere, knows you have too much money and need to spend it.....

 

 

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"Bad spelling, like bad grammar, is an offense against society."

- - Good Form Letter Writing, by Arthur Wentworth Eaton, B.A. (Harvard);  © 1890

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See the Mark Twain quote in my signature.

 

"None of us can have as many virtues as the fountain pen, or half its cussedness; but we can try."

 

Mark Twain

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"Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind" - Rudyard Kipling
"None of us can have as many virtues as the fountain-pen, or half its cussedness; but we can try." - Mark Twain

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The pens you use least become the most expensive you own.

 

edit: this was evidently ambiguous so I changed a word. I intend that price does not matter, usage does.

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The pens you use least are the most expensive you own.

 

Interesting. In my case, my three most expensive ($150+) are among my most used.

Brad

"Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind" - Rudyard Kipling
"None of us can have as many virtues as the fountain-pen, or half its cussedness; but we can try." - Mark Twain

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True for me, don't think my 3-4 most expensive pens have been in rotation for quite a while!

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Interesting. In my case, my three most expensive ($150+) are among my most used.

Then they are cheap. That was my meaning. It is usage which determines effective price, not original price be it high or low. :)

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