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The Pen and The Sword

Sometimes the pen is mightier than the sword. For through writing and reading we are allowed to travel, to dream, to imagine. Like Saint Augustine said “the World is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page”.

The pen is mightier than the sword, and considerably easier to write with – Marty Feldman

The pen is the tongue of the mind– Miguel de Cervantes

We write to taste life twice – Anais Nin

An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmasters of ever after – F. Scott Fitzgerald

You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Have something to say, and say it as clearly as you can. That is the only secret of style – Matthew Arnold

The simpler you say it, the more eloquent it is – August Wilson

The original writer is not he who refrains from imitating others, but he who can be imitated by none – François-René de Chateaubriand

What no wife of a writer can ever understand is that a writer is working when he’s staring out of the window – Burton Rascoe

Writing is easy. Just put a sheet of paper in the typewriter and start bleeding – Thomas Wolfe

A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people – Thomas Mann


 I have been correcting the proofs of my poems. In the morning, after hard work, I took a comma out of one sentence…. In the afternoon I put it back again – Oscar Wilde

The letter I have written today is longer than usual because I lacked the time to make it shorter – Blaise Pascal

Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very’; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be – Mark Twain

Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers – T. S. Eliot

You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you. And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke – Arthur Plotnik

I try to leave out the parts that people skip – Elmore Leonard

Why don’t you write books people can read? – Nora Joyce to her husband James

There are no dull subjects. There are only dull writers – H. L. Mencken

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one — George R.R. Martin

If you cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use reading it at all — Oscar Wilde

From the moment I picked your book up until I laid it down I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it – Groucho Marx

 Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers ― Charles William Eliot

Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read – Groucho Marx

There is no friend as loyal as a book – Ernest Hemingway

A real book is not one that we read, but one that reads us – W. H. Auden

A book is good company. It is full of conversation without loquacity. It comes to your longing with full instruction, but pursues you never – Henry Ward Beecher

The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I ain’t read – Abraham Lincoln

A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting – Henry David Thoreau

You cannot open a book without learning something – Confucius



5 thoughts on “The Pen and The Sword

  1. Good quotes here. Made me smile.

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  2. Excellent quotes here. Super inspiring. As a real life sword fighter, I have to say that sometimes, the sword is mightier, depending on who crafted it. I find that using both the pen and the sword hand in hand is the greatest strength available. Especially should a zombie apocalypse break out and you need to both decapitate zombies and write SOS letters.


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