Ink by the barrel

Posted by ESC on February 20, 2005

In Reply to: Ink by the barrel posted by Ward on February 19, 2005

: A wise man once advised me to 'never get into a public argument with anyone who buys ink by the barrel'--- or paper by the trainload!. I can't find an origin for this wise advice, even though I've heard it a great number of times in my career. Any help?

I couldn't find it in any of my quote books. Online it was called an "old adage" on one site. On others it was attributed to Oscar Wilde and Mark Twain. Still looking.