— Orson Welles American actor, director, writer and producer 1915 - 1985
„A stroke of the sword that does not hit its target is the sword stroke of death; you reach over it to strike the winning blow.“
— Yagyū Munenori samurai and daimyo of the early Edo period 1571 - 1646
A Hereditary Book on the Art of War (1632)
Contexto: A stroke of the sword that does not hit its target is the sword stroke of death; you reach over it to strike the winning blow. Your adversary's initiative having missed its mark, you turn the tables around and get the jump on your adversary.
— Anthony Kennedy Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States 1936
Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U. S. ____, (2015), majority opinion.
— Stephen Colbert American political satirist, writer, comedian, television host, and actor 1964
„I am not deceived. It is the hardest of worlds to make real. Torturous advances won over generations can be lost by a single stroke of a myopic president’s pen or a vainglorious general’s sword.“
— David Mitchell, livro Cloud Atlas
The Pacific Journal of Adam Ewing, Monday, 13th January —, p. 528
Cloud Atlas (2004)
Contexto: Scholars discern motions in history & formulate these motions into rules that govern the rises & falls of civilizations. My belief runs contrary, however. To wit: history admits no rules; only outcomes.
What precipitates outcomes? Vicious acts & virtuous acts.
What precipitates acts? Belief.
Belief is both prize & battlefield, within the mind & in the mind’s mirror, the world. If we believe humanity is a ladder of tribes, a colosseum of confrontation, exploitation & bestiality, such a humanity is surely brought into being, & history’s Horroxes, Boer-haaves & Gooses shall prevail. You & I, the moneyed, the privileged, the fortunate, shall not fare so badly in this world, provided our luck holds. What of it if our consciences itch? Why undermine the dominance of our race, our gunships, our heritage & our legacy? Why fight the “natural” (oh, weaselly word!) order of things?
Why? Because of this: — one fine day, a purely predatory world shall consume itself. Yes, the Devil shall take the hindmost until the foremost is the hindmost. In an individual, selfishness uglifies the soul; for the human species, selfishness is extinction.
Is this the doom written within our nature?
If we believe that humanity may transcend tooth & claw, if we believe divers races & creeds can share this world as peaceably as the orphans share their candlenut tree, if we believe leaders must be just, violence muzzled, power accountable & the riches of the Earth & its Oceans shared equitably, such a world will come to pass. I am not deceived. It is the hardest of worlds to make real. Torturous advances won over generations can be lost by a single stroke of a myopic president’s pen or a vainglorious general’s sword.
— Melina Marchetta Australian teen writer 1965
Fonte: Froi of the Exiles
„The pen is mightier than the sword. Through uncensored journalistic investigations and opinion pieces presenting both sides of the coin, the press can eliminate the need for terrorists to commit violent crimes in order to get their messages across.“
— Newton Lee American computer scientist
Counterterrorism and Cybersecurity: Total Information Awareness (2nd Edition), 2015
„"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
„Lying and guile need only to be revealed and recognized to be undone. When once lying is recognized as such, it needs no second stroke; it falls of itself and vanishes in shame.“
— Martin Luther seminal figure in Protestant Reformation 1483 - 1546
Fonte: A Sincere Admonition to All Christians to Guard Against Insurrection and Rebellion (1522), p. 60
„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
Fonte: The Mouse that Roared, p. 5.
— 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.
— Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Richelieu
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.
— Miguel de Cervantes Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright 1547 - 1616
Fonte: Don Quixote de la Mancha (1605–1615), Part I, Book IV, Ch. 10.
— James Joyce, livro Finnegans Wake
Finnegans Wake (1939)
Contexto: A Place for Everything and Everything in its Place, Is the Pen Mightier than the Sword? A Successful Career in the Civil Service.