Frome the Drawings "Angels" and "Epiphany"
„Now everything is clear.
I admit my defeat. The tongue
of my ravings in my ear
is the tongue of a stranger.“
— Anna Akhmatova Russian modernist poet 1889 - 1966
Requiem; 1935-1940 (1963; 1987)
„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 writer, playwright and literary critic 1904 - 1991
International Herald Tribune (October 7, 1977)
„If ink and pen are snatched from me, shall I
Who have dipped my finger in my heart's blood complain—
Of if they seal my tongue, when I have made
A mouth of every round link of my chain?“
— Faiz Ahmad Faiz Punjabi poet 1911 - 1984
Poems by Faiz, translated by Victor Kiernan, 1971, p. 117
— David Almond, livro My Name Is Mina
Fonte: My Name Is Mina
— Euripidés, Hippolytus
Variant translation by David Grene:
My tongue swore, but my mind was still unpledged.
Original: (el) ἡ γλῶσσ᾽ ὀμώμοχ᾽, ἡ δὲ φρὴν ἀνώμοτος
Fonte: Hippolytus (428 BC), l. 612, as translated by Gilbert Murray (1954)
— James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose Scottish nobleman, poet and soldier of the Wars of the Three Kingdoms 1612 - 1650
My Dear and only Love. Compare: "I ’ll make thee famous by my pen, And glorious by my sword", Sir Walter Scott, Legend of Montrose, chap. xv.
— Seamus Heaney Irish poet, playwright, translator, lecturer 1939 - 2013
Fonte: Opened Ground: Selected Poems, 1966-1996
„My pen.’ Funny, I wrote that without noticing. ‘The torch’, ‘the paper’, but ‘my pen’. That shows what writing means to me, I guess. My pen is a pipe from my heart to the paper. It’s about the most important thing I own.“
— John Marsden author 1950
Fonte: The Dead of Night
„God is not remote from us. He is at the point of my pen, my (pick) shovel, my paint brush, my (sewing) needle - and my heart and thoughts.“
— Pierre Teilhard De Chardin French philosopher and Jesuit priest 1881 - 1955
„My birthplace is Jam, and my pen
Has drunk from (knowledge of) Sheikh-ul-Islam Ahmad Jam,
Hence in the books of poetry
My pen nam is Jami for these two reasons.“
— Jami Persian poet 1414 - 1492
Jami's Divan, p. 70-80
— William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew
Fonte: The Taming of the Shrew
„Is the scrupulous attention I am paying to the government of my tongue at all proportioned to that tremendous truth revealed through St. James, that if I do not bridle my tongue, all my religion is vain?“
— Frederick William Faber British hymn writer and theologian 1814 - 1863
Fonte: Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 215.
— Luís de Camões Portuguese poet 1524 - 1580
Cantando espalharei por toda parte,
Se a tanto me ajudar o engenho e arte.
Stanza 2, lines 7–8 (tr. Richard Fanshawe, 1655)
Epic poetry, Os Lusíadas (1572), Canto I