Fountain Pen Quotes Remembered by History

Fountain Pen Quotes Remembered by History
Oct 15

Not only have fountain pens been used throughout history to create some of the most revered literary and poetic masterpieces of our time, they are also lauded by those who love them and are the subject of quotes that have been remembered throughout history. We’ve compiled some of history’s most memorable quotes about fountain pens. Their sources prove that fountain pens are not only used and loved by the masses but by some of the world’s most accomplished artists, writers, and creators.


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

  • Mark Twain, American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer


“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, English novelist, short-story writer, playwright, and journalist


“I write everything with fountain pens. I don't know why. I've done it since I was bar mitzvahed. I was given a fountain pen, a Parker fountain pen, and I loved it, and I've never liked writing anything with pencils or ball-points.”

  • Tony Kushner, American playwright, screenwriter, and Pulitzer Prize winner


“There's something special about writing by hand, writing with a fountain pen, and there's something special about writing into a book, to take a blank book and turn it into an actual book.”

  • Joe Haldeman, Joe William Haldeman, American science fiction author


“I have to write the first draft with a fountain pen before I type it up as a second.”

  • Colm Tóibín, Irish novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, journalist, critic, and poet


“I am a Leo. I was born in August and I love the sunshine. I'm like a cat. We live in a very contemporary house with windows all around it. Wherever a sunspot is, I go to it with my yellow pad and my fountain pen and I write there.”

  • Mary Ann Hoberman, American children’s book author


“I write with a fountain pen. And then revise word by word and line by line so that the first draft of a scene is usually the tenth or so draft.”

  • John Dufresne, American author


“I am a highly-disciplined person. I get up at seven every morning and, still in my pajamas, sit down at my desk where my checkered ring binders and my fountain pen are ready for use. I try to write two pages every day.”

  • Orhan Pamuk, Turkish novelist


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