„I have been in Sorrow's kitchen and licked out all the pots. Then I have stood on the peaky mountain wrapped in rainbows, with a harp and a sword in my hands.“
— Zora Neale Hurston, livro Dust Tracks on a Road
Fonte: Dust Tracks on a Road
— James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose Scottish nobleman, poet and soldier of the Wars of the Three Kingdoms 1612 - 1650
My Dear and only Love. Compare: "I ’ll make thee famous by my pen, And glorious by my sword", Sir Walter Scott, Legend of Montrose, chap. xv.
„I fought till my sword did cleave to my hand; and then they were joined together as if a sword grew out of my arm; and when the blood ran through my fingers, then I fought with most courage.“
— John Bunyan, O Peregrino
Part II, Ch. XI : Mr. Valiant-For-Truth
The Pilgrim's Progress (1678), Part II
„"The pen is mightier than the sword," you say. Get out your pens and prepare to have your logic tested by steel.“
— Simon Munnery British comedian 1967
Attention Scum! (2001), Episode One
„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"
For Whom The Troubadour Sings (2010)
„Literary detection and firearms don't really go hand in hand; pen mighter than the sword and so forth.“
— Jasper Fforde, livro The Eyre Affair
Fonte: The Eyre Affair
„My two fingers on a typewriter have never connected with my brain. My hand on a pen does. A fountain pen, of course. Ball-point pens are only good for filling out forms on a plane.“
— Graham Greene English writer, playwright and literary critic 1904 - 1991
International Herald Tribune (October 7, 1977)
„I have always had more dread of a pen, a bottle of ink, and a sheet of paper than of a sword or pistol.“
— Alexandre Dumas, livro O Conde de Monte Cristo
Fonte: The Count of Monte Cristo
„Since 1929 I have suffered from an extremely painful disease [arthritis deformans] which gets worse every year. Little by little my arms and hands have become stiff and bent and I have terrible pain. This stiffness in my elbows and wrists has tremendously hindered my painting and I have had to find a new technique. My art in the last period has all been in small format, but my paintings have become even deeper and more spiritual..“
— Alexej von Jawlensky Russian painter 1864 - 1941
from: 'Lebenserinnerungen', 1938
Fonte: 1936 - 1941, Life Memories' (1938), p. 23
„I guess this is the first time in a video that I ever showed my arms since my arms have been scarred, 'cause my arms are-are pretty badly scarred. I guess people are always wondering so I might as well say that, um, that the way that my arms got the way that they look, um, is was from abcesses, which came from shooting huge amounts of drugs. The results could have been a lot worse, so I'm happy to have the scars from a period of my life where I was living destructively, just as a… as a sign of what I've been through. And, uh, these days, I-I'm, you know, being healthy and taking care of my body is so important to me. But looking at it here, is seems like my arms have gotten better since then, so… That's nice to see.“
— John Frusciante American guitarist, singer, songwriter and record producer 1970
On "Californication" video audio commentary - Red Hot Chili Peppers Greatest Videos
„I have been a course, I have been an eagle.
I have been a coracle in the seas:
I have been compliant in the banquet.
I have been a drop in a shower;
I have been a sword in the grasp of the hand
I have been a shield in battle.
I have been a string in a harp,
Disguised for nine years,
in water, in foam.
I have been sponge in the fire,
I have been wood in the covert“
— Taliesin Welsh bard 534 - 599
The Battle of the Trees
— Stephen Colbert American political satirist, writer, comedian, television host, and actor 1964
„Governor, if I had foreseen the use those people designed to make of their victory, there would have been no surrender at Appomattox Courthouse; no sir, not by me. Had I foreseen these results of subjugation, I would have preferred to die at Appomattox with my brave men, my sword in my right hand.“
— Robert E. Lee Confederate general in the Civil War 1807 - 1870
Supposedly made to Governor Fletcher S. Stockdale (September 1870), as quoted in The Life and Letters of Robert Lewis Dabney, pp. 497-500; however, most major researchers including Douglas Southall Freeman, Shelby Dade Foote, Jr., and Bruce Catton consider the quote a myth and refuse to recognize it. “T. C. Johnson: Life and Letters of Robert Lewis Dabney, 498 ff. Doctor Dabney was not present and received his account of the meeting from Governor Stockdale. The latter told Dabney that he was the last to leave the room, and that as he was saying good-bye, Lee closed the door, thanked him for what he had said and added: "Governor, if I had foreseen the use these people desired to make of their victory, there would have been no surrender at Appomattox, no, sir, not by me. Had I foreseen these results of subjugation, I would have preferred to die at Appomattox with my brave men, my sword in this right hand." This, of course, is second-hand testimony. There is nothing in Lee's own writings and nothing in direct quotation by first-hand witness that accords with such an expression on his part. The nearest approach to it is the claim by H. Gerald Smythe that "Major Talcott" — presumably Colonel T. M. R. Talcott — told him Lee stated he would never have surrendered the army if he had known how the South would have been treated. Mr. Smythe stated that Colonel Talcott replied, "Well, General, you have only to blow the bugle," whereupon Lee is alleged to have answered, "It is too late now" (29 Confederate Veteran, 7). Here again the evidence is not direct. The writer of this biography, talking often with Colonel Talcott, never heard him narrate this incident or suggest in any way that Lee accepted the results of the radical policy otherwise than with indignation, yet in the belief that the extremists would not always remain in office”.
— William Blake English Romantic poet and artist 1757 - 1827
„I wear my Pen as others do their Sword.
To each affronting sot I meet, the word
Is Satisfaction: straight to thrusts I go,
And pointed satire runs him through and through.“
— John Oldham (poet) English satirical poet and translator 1653 - 1683
Satire upon a Printer, line 36; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922).
„I will take the Duchy of Courland, I, the victor by the strength of my sword, but not from the hand of the assembly.“
— Wilhelm II, German Emperor German Emperor and King of Prussia 1859 - 1941
Georg Alexander von Müller's diary entry (19 March 1918) before German Spring Offensive, quoted in Georg Alexander von Müller, The Kaiser and His Court (London: Macdonald, 1961), p. 343