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Re: The pen is mightier than the sword

Posted by ESC on July 10, 2003

In Reply to: The pen is mightier than the sword posted by Paul L. James on July 10, 2003

: I was wondering where this phrase came from and I found out it was from the bible. Think of the plagarism people have wrote claiming this phrase was theres.Paul L. James

Interesting. Here's what I found previously:

THE PEN IS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD - "The written word is more powerful than any physical weapon. The proverb has been traced back to 'Institution of Christian Prince' and 'Heptameron of Civil Discourses' . 'No more sword to be feared than the learned pen,' was the form of proverb at that time. Robert Burton (1577-1640) said that the 'pen is worse than the sword' , and it was Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1803-73) who was the first to coin the current form . This adage was first used in the United States in 'Clouded Moon' by M. Saltmarsh." From "Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings" by Gregory Y. Titelman (Random House, New York, 1996).