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Is the pen really mightier than the sword?

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"The pen is mightier than the sword" was written by novelist and playwright Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1839, in his historical play Cardinal Richelieu. It is being quoted a lot in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo shootings.
Terry Pratchett has been quoted as saying "The pen is mightier than the sword if the sword is very short, and the pen is very sharp."

Is the pen really mightier than the sword?

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I think I'm with Terry Pratchett on this one.... it just seems like a saying that clever people say to try to make themselves feel better, without it actually meaning anything. It would be nice to live in a world where the worst weapon available was the written word but....
Nope, and it's not mightier than the nuclear bomb either. Fancy words aren't always true words.
In a way it is. Violence only brings more violence, but words can bring change and make people think differently.
The sword [or gun] speaks every language and settles any problem, rather quickly.
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