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Real business is done on paper. The Office US s3e16, Business School, Michael’s lecture, NBC 2006
Buying paper just became fun. The Office US s4e5: Launch Party I, Ryan
All of it is happening in our virtual paper store. The Office US s4e15: Night Out, Ryan
I like making copies. The paper comes out all warm and stuff. The Office US s5e23: Michael Scott Paper Company, Pam
Paper is the manure … The Office US s5e24: Heavy Competition, Dwight
The paper industry’s not going to last for ever. The Office US s7e7: Christening, Michael
I went to the paper shop – it had blown away. Tommy Cooper
May I see your papers? Casablanca 1942 ***** starring Humphrey Bogart & Ingrid Bergman & Paul Henreid & Claude Rains & Conrad Veidt & Sydney Greenstreet & Peter Lorre & Curt Bois et al, director Michael Curtiz, rozzers
Sorry, I’m a bit of a stickler for paperwork. Where would we be if we didn’t follow the correct procedures? Brazil 1985 starring Jonathan Pryce & Robert De Niro & Katherine Helmond & Ian Holm & Bob Hoskins & Michael Palin & Kim Griest & Bob Hoskins & Jim Broadbent et al, director Terry Gilliam, Sam
I had another talk with the German Chancellor Herr Hitler. And here is the paper that bears his name upon it as well as mine. Neville Chamberlain
[man in shop gives lady strings of sausages which she puts around neck] This sort of thing could really happen if you don’t save paper. Terry-Thomas, public information firm
To start it you start off with these – rags. You’re after the cotton fibres ... The rags, caustic soda and water and then mixed in this big vat ... It goes into this marvellous machine: the Beater ... From the Beater the mixture is fed into here: cotton soup ... We’re not ready to make paper ... When you’ve made two hundred sheets you take it to the wet press ... The pressed paper is then brought here: to the drying loft. Mark Williams, More Industrial Revelations s2e4: Print & Paper, Discovery 2005
Even a broken heart doesn’t warrant a waste of good paper. Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle
My life looked good on paper – where, in fact, almost all of it was being lived. Martin Amis, Experience: A Memoir
Paperwork is the soul of Russia; farming is only the stomach. Anna Karenina 2012 starring Keira Knightley & Jude Law & Aaron Taylor-Johnson & Kelly MacDonald & Ruth Wilson & Matthew MacFadyen & Alicia Vikander & Olivia Williams & Emily Watson & Michelle Dockery & Holliday Grainger et al, director Joe Wright, geezer
For a writer, going back home means back to the pen, pencil, and typewriter – and the blank, implacable sheet of white paper. Paul Scott, English novelist
If I had a blank piece of paper, they’d be five names on it. Kevin Keegan
Martin Creed Work no. 88. A sheet of A4 paper crumpled into a ball. James Fox, Who’s Afraid of Conceptual Art? BBC 2016
In the year of our Lord 1448 in Mainz, Germany, a goldsmith by the name of Johannes Gutenberg was experimenting with a lead alloy and a hand-held mould. His aim was to speed up the process of putting ink on paper but what he did was to speed up history. Gutenberg’s invention spelled the end of the Middle Ages and ushered in the modern world of science and industry. Lydia Wilson, The Secret History of Writing II: Words on a Page, BBC 2020
The fall of the Roman Empire is one of the great inflection points of history and it coincides with a change in the technology of Europe. As papyrus disappeared so did the book as a relatively inexpensive everyday commodity. ibid.
The fact that parchment could be folded made it possible to stitch leaves together into a codex, the modern form of the book. ibid.
Brush calligraphy produced works of art that were prized in China every bit as much as illuminated manuscripts were in Europe. But in a medieval manuscript the art is in the decoration around the text. The nature of the Latin alphabet and the characteristics of parchment produced letters that were regular and repetitive. But in Chinese brush-calligraphy the art is in the brushwork that produces the characters themselves. And that is made possible by the nature of the writing surface. Paper was invented in China in 2nd century A.D. ibid.
Paper was key to another Chinese invention: woodblock printing. Each handwritten page of text was glued to a wooden block and then the characters were carved out by a skilled craftsman. This step was laborious and expensive. ibid.
The Islamic Golden Age: the arts and sciences flourished … We still count using an Arabic numbering system. ibid.
The secret of Gutenberg’s printing press was his ability to mass-produce copies of each individual letter. And in this he had a hidden advantage: ‘the letters of the alphabet are really simple shapes … These simple block-like letters can become blocks of metal and can become printed.’ ibid. expert