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Printing is a process for reproducing text and image, typically with ink on paper using a printing press. It is often carried out as a large-scale industrial process, and is an essential part of publishing and transaction printing. The development of printing was preceded by the use of cylinder seals in Mesopotamia developed in 3500 BC, and other related stamp seals. The earliest form of printing was woodblock printing, with existing examples from China dating to before 220 AD and Egypt to the 4th century. Later developments in printing include the movable type, first developed by Bi Sheng in China, and the printing press, a more efficient printing process developed by Johannes Gutenberg in the 15th century.


  • He who first shortened the labor of Copyists by device of Movable Types was disbanding hired Armies and cashiering most Kings and Senates, and creating a whole new Democratic world: he had invented the Art of printing.
  • Transforms old print
    To zigzag manuscript, and cheats the eyes
    Of gallery critics by a thousand arts.
  • Every school boy and school girl who has arrived at the age of reflection ought to know something about the history of the art of printing.
    • Horace Mann, The Common School Journal (February, 1843). Printing and Paper Making.
  • Though an angel should write, still 'tis devils must print.
    • Thomas Moore, The Fudge Family in England (1835), Letter III.
  • 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.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical QuotationsEdit

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 633-34.
  • Memoriæ sacrum
    Ars artium omnium
    Hic primum inventa
    Circa annum MCCCCXL.
    • Sacred to the memory of printing, the art preservative of all arts. This was first invented about the year 1440.
    • Inscription on the façade of the house once occupied by Laurent Koster at Harlem. "The art preservative of all arts," probably taken from this.
  • I'll print it,
    And shame the fools.
  • The jour printer with gray head and gaunt jaws works at his case,
    He turns his quid of tobacco, while his eyes blur with the manuscript.
    • Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman, Part XV, Stanza 77.

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