18 Pen Quotes to Inspire Every Writer

In an age where everything is done while staring at a screen, I love my time writing with a pen on some good old-fashioned paper. I love my turquoise pen, my pink pen, my purple pen, and you get the point. Pens keep my life somewhat organized; my stories don’t smear away like they do with pencil, and pen ink is just so satisfying on paper.

Anyway, if you didn’t already know, today is National Ballpoint Pen Day. To celebrate, I compiled some quotes about pens that keep me motivated while writing.



“Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” ­— Malala Yousafzai Read


“A writer without a pen would be like a duck without water!”  —Donovan


“The pen is mightier than the sword if the sword is very short, and the pen is very sharp.” — Terry Pratchett


“The strokes of the pen need deliberation as much as the sword needs swiftness.” — Julia Ward Howe


“I am no Poet here; my pen’s the spout where the rain water of my eyes run out.” — John Cleveland


“To hold a pen is to be at war.” — Voltaire


“Artists are the people that no matter what, pick up the pen, pick up a paintbrush. They take the time to translate what is happening to create something that resonates deeply with the rest of the people that are caught in the middle of their own reality.” ­ — Anna Deavere Smith


Maya angelou


“Our stories come from our lives and from the playwright’s pen, the mind of the actor, the roles we create, the artistry of life itself and the quest for peace.” — Maya Angelou


“If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.” — Martin Luther


“A pen is to me as a beak is to a hen.” — J. R. R. Tolkien


“A pen transmits the voice of the soul.” — Fennel Hudson


“There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up a pen to write.” — William Makepeace Thackeray




“You want to be a writer, but you don’t know how or when. Find a quiet place; use a humble pen.” — Paul Simon


“How can one not dream while writing? It is the pen which dreams. The blank page gives the right to dream.” — Gaston Bachelard


“There is more done with pens than with swords.” — Harriet Beecher Stowe


“The pen is the tongue of the soul; as are the thoughts engendered there, so will be the things written.” — Miguel de Cervantes


“Putting pen to paper lights more fire than matches ever will.” — Malcolm Forbes


“A pen is certainly an excellent instrument to fix a man’s attention and to inflame his ambition.” — John Adams