If you closely examine the men of the quill
And search for goods stolen with sharp piercing eyes,
Taking these from the pages their volumes which fill,
Huge quartos would shrink to a very small size.

Jean de la Fontaine from his Fables Choisies – John Matthews,  English translator.
(This follows a variation on one of the Jackdaw myths and fables I wrote about, and is mentioned here in Wikipedia, that source of all stolen goods.)