„Let none presume to tell me that the pen is preferable to the sword.“

—  Miguel de Cervantes, Ch. 10.
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„The pen worse than the sword.“

—  Robert Burton English scholar 1577 - 1640
Section 2, member 4, subsection 4.

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„The pen is mightier than the sword, if you shoot that pen out of a gun“

—  Stephen Colbert American political satirist, writer, comedian, television host, and actor 1964

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„There is more done with pens than with swords.“

—  Harriet Beecher Stowe Abolitionist, author 1811 - 1896
This is very similar in theme to "Beneath the rule of men entirely great, The pen is mightier than the sword." by Edward Bulwer-Lytton.

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„My pen in this, my sword in that hand hold.“

—  Luís de Camões Portuguese poet 1524 - 1580
Stanza 79, line 8 (tr. Richard Fanshawe)

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„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

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„Let me recommend this book – one of the most remarkable ever penned.“

—  William Winwood Reade British historian 1838 - 1875
Sherlock Holmes, in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Sign of the Four, ch. 2.

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„Beneath the rule of men entirely great,
The pen is mightier than the sword.“

—  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.

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„The strokes of the pen need deliberation as much as the sword needs swiftness.“

—  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.

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„I ’ll make thee glorious by my pen,
And famous by my sword.“

—  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.

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„A Place for Everything and Everything in its Place, Is the Pen Mightier than the Sword?“

—  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

„Let me be unambiguous. I prefer not to be photographed.“

—  Thomas Pynchon American novelist 1937
Phone call to CNN as reported in a CNN article (5 June 1997) http://cgi.cnn.com/US/9706/05/pynchon/

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„Let every man in mankind's frailty
Consider his last day; and let none
Presume on his good fortune until he find
Life, at his death, a memory without pain.“

—  Sophocles ancient Greek tragedian -496 - -406 a.C.
Variant: Look upon him, O my Thebans, on your king, the child of fame! This mighty man, this Œdipus the lore far-famed could guess, And envy from each Theban won, so great his lordliness— Lo to what a surge of sorrow and confusion hath he come! Let us call no mortal happy till our eyes have seen the doom And the death-day come upon him—till, unharassed by mischance, He pass the bound of mortal life, the goal of ordinance. [ Tr. E. D. A. Morshead http://books.google.com/books?id=i7wXAAAAYAAJ (1885)] Variant: People of Thebes, my countrymen, look on Oedipus. He solved the famous riddle, with his brilliance, he rose to power, a man beyond all power. Who could behold his greatness without envy? Now what a black sea of terror has overwhelmed him. Now as we keep our watch and wait the final day, count no man happy till he dies, free of pain at last. [quoted by Thomas Cahill in Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea] Line 1529, Choragos.

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