Pencil Sayings and Quotes

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


The pencil and computer are, if left to their own devices, equally dumb and only as good as the person driving them.     

Norman Foster

I like the process of pencil and paper as opposed to a machine. I think the writing is better when it's done in handwriting.     

Nelson DeMille

When you write down your ideas you automatically focus your full attention on them. Few if any of us can write one thought and think another at the same time. Thus a pencil and paper make excellent concentration tools.     

Michael Leboeuf

A pencil and a dream can take you anywhere.     

J. A. Meyer

It's not how big your pencil is; it's how you write your name.     

Dave Mustaine

When you write and draw in pencil, your eraser is your best friend.     

Anthony T.Hincks

If the #2 pencil is the most popular, why is it still #2?     

George Carlin

A pencil and rubber are of more use to thought than a battalion of assistants. To happiness the same applies as to truth: one does not have it, but is in it.     

Theodor W. Adorno

What is in the pencil is greater than what is around it. The talents in you are greater than the environment surrounding you. Your potentials will change your environment.     

Israelmore Ayivor

Confidence is a pencil best sharpened with paper.     

Kale Burton

Pencil in your plans but write your visions in ink.     

Andy Stanley

My pencil is like a fencer's foil.     

Andrew Wyeth

The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half-inch eraser - in case you thought optimism was dead.     

Robert Breault

What can a pencil do for all of us? Amazing things. It can write transcendent poetry, uplifting music, or life-changing equations; it can sketch the future, give life to untold beauty, and communicate the full-force of our love and aspirations.     

Adam Braun

With a pencil and paper, I could revise the world.     

Alison Lurie

He loved the scratching of pencil against paper when he was focused: it meant something was happening.     

John Green

We are all pencils in the hand of God.     

Mother Teresa

The sound of pencils taking notes provided a low scrape and hum, almost like radio interference.     

Sara Sheridan

The pencil you leave it there, and it's dead. It doesn't do anything and it doesn't move by itself. It doesn't offer anything; it's totally submissive to you.     

Massimo Vignelli

What really matters in a pencil is not its wooden exterior, but the graphite inside. So always pay attention to what is happening inside you.     

Paulo Coelho

I've got to feel the pencil and see the words at the end of the pencil.     

William Faulkner

A computer does not substitute for judgment any more than a pencil substitutes for literacy. But writing without a pencil is no particular advantage.     

Robert McNamara

When you draw conclusions, you had better have a sharp pencil.     

Anthony T. Hincks

The intellectual is, quite simply, a human being who has a pencil in his or her hand when reading a book.     

George Steiner

A #2 pencil and a dream can take you anywhere.     

Joyce Meyer

Why are pencils equipped with erasers if not to correct mistakes?     

Nellie L. McClung

Everyone has pencils in their house, no matter how hip and contemporary they are.     

David Rees

If you know how to use a pencil to draw, you could draw anything. Now apply that to everything in life.     

Justin R. Durban

There's no need to sharpen my pencils anymore. They're sharp enough. Even the dull ones will make a mark.     

Ze Frank

Don't misuse the pencil and don't torment the paper.     

Uri Shulevitz