Careful Words

paper (n.)

paper (v.)

paper (adv.)

  Shall quips and sentences and these paper bullets of the brain awe a man from the career of his humour? No, the world must be peopled. When I said I would die a bachelor, I did not think I should live till I were married.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): Much Ado about Nothing. Act ii. Sc. 3.

Blest paper-credit! last and best supply!

That lends corruption lighter wings to fly.

Alexander Pope (1688-1744): Moral Essays. Epistle iii. Line 39.

  He hath never fed of the dainties that are bred in a book; he hath not eat paper, as it were; he hath not drunk ink.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): Love's Labour's Lost. Act iv. Sc. 2.

What is the end of fame? 'T is but to fill

A certain portion of uncertain paper.

Lord Byron 1788-1824: Don Juan. Canto i. Stanza 218.

Here are a few of the unpleasant'st words

That ever blotted paper!

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): The Merchant of Venice. Act iii. Sc. 2.

  Thou hast most traitorously corrupted the youth of the realm in erecting a grammar-school; and whereas, before, our forefathers had no other books but the score and the tally, thou hast caused printing to be used, and, contrary to the king, his crown and dignity, thou hast built a paper-mill.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): King Henry VI. Part II. Act iv. Sc. 7.