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Sir Philip Sidney "Look in thy heart and write" Literary Quote Mug - Large, cream coffee cup with typewriter, quill, and ink

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"Biting my trewand pen, beating myself for spite,
'Fool,' said my muse to me, "look in thy heart and write!'"
-Sir Philip Sidney

My first encounter with this stanza of Sidney's writing was, naturally, in college, during a British Literature course. I think I must have exclaimed aloud at the discovery, so elated was I to have found such a perfect encouragement to my own heart in the midst of my studies. I have since had the quote written on something visible near my desk at all times, so that when I sit down to write, I will remember that the only good work I can produce must come from the part of me that beats out my individuality.

For anyone who struggles against that old "trewand pen," or has daily battles with the Muse.

I painted this quote on a deep cream colored mug, large, and slightly wavy at the lip. On one side of the quote I added a quill and inkpot; on the other, a typewriter. Perfect to sip from while you work on your novel, poetry, or shorts.

All of my work is done with heat-set ceramic paint, and is dishwasher and microwave safe. Avoid the use of harsh abrasives, however.


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Sir Philip Sidney "Look in thy heart and write" Literary Quote Mug - Large, cream coffee cup with typewriter, quill, and ink