„I ’ll make thee glorious by my pen,
And famous by my sword.“
„I am Ground of thy beseeching: first it is my will that thou have it; and after, I make thee to will it; and after, I make thee to beseech it and thou beseechest it. How should it then be that thou shouldst not have thy beseeching?“
— Julian of Norwich English theologian and anchoress 1342 - 1416
Context: Our Lord shewed concerning Prayer. In which Shewing I see two conditions in our Lord’s signifying: one is rightfulness, another is sure trust. But yet oftentimes our trust is not full: for we are not sure that God heareth us, as we think because of our unworthiness, and because we feel right nought, (for we are as barren and dry oftentimes after our prayers as we were afore); and this, in our feeling our folly, is cause of our weakness. For thus have I felt in myself. And all this brought our Lord suddenly to my mind, and shewed these words, and said: I am Ground of thy beseeching: first it is my will that thou have it; and after, I make thee to will it; and after, I make thee to beseech it and thou beseechest it. How should it then be that thou shouldst not have thy beseeching?
„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
— Samuel Butler (poet) poet and satirist 1612 - 1680
Canto III, line 277
„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)
— Shahrukh Khan Indian actor, producer and television personality 1965
— 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.
— Julia Ward Howe American abolitionist, social activist, and poet 1819 - 1910
As quoted in Stories Behind the Hymns That Inspire America: Songs That Unite Our Nation (2003) by Ace Collins, p. 36.
— 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
— Miguel de Cervantes Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright 1547 - 1616
„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 English Christian writer and preacher 1628 - 1688
Part II, Ch. XI : Mr. Valiant-For-Truth <!-- Sect. 4 -->
„I know I owe my all to Thee,
O, take this heart I cannot give.
Do Thou my Strength my Saviour be;
And make me to Thy glory live!“
— Anne Brontë British novelist and poet 1820 - 1849