Paper Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old paper quotes, paper sayings, and paper proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Paper is more patient than man.     

Anne Frank

Blank paper always symbolizes the anxiety of the painter.     

Claude Picasso

Paper is to write things down that we need to remember. Our brains are used to think.     

Albert Einstein

To put what you see on paper is the same as funneling what you feel through yourself as a performer.     

Rod Taylor

So often is the virgin sheet of paper more real than what one has to say, and so often one regrets having marred it.     

Harold Acton

Paper acts as an eraser on the mind, as soon as you look at what you've written.     

Dylan Moran

Anything on paper is obsolete.     

Craig Reucassel

A blank piece of paper is God's way of telling us how hard it is to be God.     

Sidney Sheldon

I speak to the paper, as I speak to the first person I meet.     

Michel de Montaigne

This paper will no doubt be found interesting by those who take an interest in it.     

John Dalton

A piece of paper doesn't make you a pastor any more than making predictions makes you a prophet.     

D.R. Silva

But on paper, things can live forever. On paper, a butterfly never dies.     

Jacqueline Woodson

Paper remains the standard to which digital media can only aspire.     

Leah Price

It is in front of the the paper that the artist creates himself.     

Stephane Mallarme

If they give you ruled paper, write the other way.     

Juan Ramon Jimenez

A blank page of paper and a pen is the greatest invention its so exciting to be confronted by possibility.     

Nicky Wire

A piece of paper makes you an officer, a radio makes you a commander.     

General Omar Bradley

Paper isn't important. It's the words on them that are important.     

Margaret Atwood

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.     

William Wordsworth

Who knew paper and ink could be so vicious.     

Kathryn Stockett

It's curious how easy it is to tell a piece of paper what you don't dare say to someone's face.     

Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Only on paper has humanity yet achieved glory, beauty, truth, knowledge, virtue, and abiding love.     

George Bernard Shaw

Paper is poverty. It is only the ghost of money, and not money itself.     

Thomas Jefferson

A piece of paper or a photograph is as much an object, or as 'material' as a ton of lead.     

Lucy R. Lippard

Published papers may omit important steps and the memory of men of science, even the greatest, is sadly fallible.     

John Desmond Bernal

Behind every piece of paper lies a human situation.     

Edward T. Hall

The paper is patient, but the reader is not.     

Joseph Joubert

In the surface of the paper there is only length and width-there is no such thing as thickness.     

John Clayton

When the weight of the paper equals the weight of the airplane, only then you can go flying.     

Donald Wills Douglas

The four walls of paper are like a prison because every idea wants to spring out in all directions - everything is connected with everything else, sometimes more than others.     

Ted Nelson