„Your bombs and pens like swords, held high, up to my throat. You have made the cost of blood, as cheap as ink and all I think.“
— Dawud Wharnsby Canadian musician 1972
"What Has Become"
„A match as a pen
Blood on the floor as ink
The forgotten gauze cover as paper
But what should I write?
I might just manage my address.
This ink is strange; it clots.
I write you from a prison
— Alexandros Panagoulis Greek politician and poet 1939 - 1976
My Address, written in Military Prisons of Bogiati, 5 June 1971 – After beating.
„There is nothing more splendid than the prospect of sitting in the morning before a new ink-stone and a sheet of white paper. The smell of the white paper is like the scent of the skin of a new lover who has just paid a surprise visit out of a rainy garden. And the black ink is like lacquered hair. And the quill? Well the quill is like the instrument of pleasure whose purpose is never in doubt but whose surprising efficiency one always -- always forgets.“
— Peter Greenaway British film director 1942
, quoted in Peter Greenaway's The
— Stephen Colbert American political satirist, writer, comedian, television host, and actor 1964
„The desert knows me well, the night, the mounted men
The battle and the sword, the paper and the pen“
— Al-Mutanabbi Arabic poet from the Abbasid era 915 - 965
Context: When the lion bares his teeth, do not fancy that the lion shows to you a smile. I have slain the man that sought my heart's blood many a time, Riding a noble mare whose back none else may climb, Whose hind and fore-legs seem in galloping as one, Nor hand nor foot requireth she to urge her on. And O the days when I have swung my fine-edged glaive Amidst a sea of death where wave was dashed on wave! The desert knows me well, the night, the mounted men The battle and the sword, the paper and the pen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O04oUcNXmdI
„I have always valued quiet, and the eternity of it that I face is no more dreadful than the eternity of quiet that preceded my birth.“
— Joe Haldeman American science fiction writer 1943
— Edward Bulwer-Lytton English novelist, poet, playwright, and politician 1803 - 1873
Act ii, Scene ii. This is the origin of the much quoted phrase "the pen is mightier than the sword". Compare: "Hinc quam sic calamus sævior ense, patet. The pen worse than the sword", Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy, Part i. Sect. 2, Memb. 4, Subsect. 4.
— James Joyce Irish novelist and poet 1882 - 1941
Context: A Place for Everything and Everything in its Place, Is the Pen Mightier than the Sword? A Successful Career in the Civil Service. Page 306
„There's the wretched rent to pay,
Yet I glower at pen and ink:
Oh, inspire me, Muse, I pray,
It is later than you think!“
— Robert W. Service Canadian poet 1874 - 1958
Ballads of a Bohemian (1921), It is later than you think http://plagiarist.com/poetry/4052/
„Though the pen is mightier than the sword, the sword speaks louder and stronger at any given moment.“
— Leonard Wibberley Irish-American author 1915 - 1983