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Essay on the proverb The Pen is mightier than the Sword

This essay explains the power of writing. Thoughts and words influence people and thus writers can bring about a revolution. The pen itself has helped us to come to civilization. The sword might be powerful and mighty, but it cannot inspire millions the way a pen does.


If we study history, we know how important role sword played to win a war. It played an important role back then and still it is given the same importance. On the other hand, pen is considered to be a very small and slow object. Holding sword in hand creates adrenaline rush. It is associated with great success but same cannot be said about pen cause it does not create that kind of adrenaline rush in the body and is also not known to bring any victory in wars, the way sword does. However, it is not true. The proverb "the pen is mightier than the sword" describes power of writing. Words written by a pen can influence millions of people and thus seems more powerful than a powerful sword. Sword cannot bring that kind of impact which words written by pen can and thus writers are considered to be more powerful than those warriors who fought numerous wars.

Comparison between Sword and Pen

This sentence was coined by Edward Bulwer-Lytton. We often believe that force is essential and thus we feel that sword has more power and strength when compared with a pen. Pen is an expressive object and words influence people. A writer expresses public opinion as well as self opinion with the help of a pen and when this opinion connects with readers mind, it creates more influence than the sword which is used to fight and win in the war. Writer has written his opinion and it is not at all necessary that reader gets convinced by his opinions. However, it is a peaceful way to convey ones opinions to others. It is a peaceful means to open up and influence others rather than dominating others by shedding their blood and taking their lives. Sword forces views on others. It is used to oppress others. More than good, it does evil because of its enormous power.

Pen is means of peace

Each and every thoughtful and peace loving person will prefer pen over sword. We do not need a sword to rule the world. Pen itself is sufficient for us to do so. No government can stand firmly in front of reasoning powers of pen. A weapon like sword needs someone who is physically fit to handle it but, pen create no such demands. Even a feeble man can lift it, record his thoughts and those words can influence millions of readers than that powerful mighty sword in hands of a powerful person. Sword was used to fight in revolution but today pen is used to bring revolution. Sword cannot evoke emotion except feeling of fear and hat-redness but pen can evoke all kinds of emotions. Since it follows path of non-violence, pen evokes lots of respect towards it.

Pen brings the real inspiration

History is written by the victors. A sword though mighty can only run through the chest. It does not inspire millions the way words written by a pen does. Words are powerful and offer means to meaning. Sword only brings destruction whereas pen creates something constructive. Then why do we bow down in front of sword which scares the hell out of us instead of pen which helps us to express ourselves as well as inspires us through words. Reason may be the mightiness of sword. When both pen and sword are kept together, sword takes the limelight. It creates sense of excitement. For a second, we do feel its power. However, once we deeply think about both of them, soon we will analyze and realize that sword can only influence life of one individual or group of them but pen though small influences the whole world and will continue to do same, no matter how many centuries pass.


Violence can never influence people but thoughts and words can. A blow with a sword does hurt. A blow with powerful words influences millions. Swords cannot build long-lasting kingdoms. Thoughts and words written by great writers have been successful in destroying dictatorship and monarchy of all those cruel kings who sucked the blood of laymen. Even today these words continue to fight against injustice. Powerful ideas itself helped us to come out of nomad living to civilization. We are different from rest of the living beings in this universe and this is because of our thinking abilities. We cannot claim ourselves superior on basis of physical strength because many more living beings are more physically strong when compared with us. We have the ability to think and pen down our thoughts and this is the reason we excel from others. Thus, it is not the sword but the pen which separates us from others. The sword might be mighty and powerful but cannot conquer millions of hearts and minds the way pen does.

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Author: DR.N.V. Srinivasa Rao07 May 2017 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 2

Yes. It is true that pen is more powerful than a sword. The explanation given by the author is very good. Sword can kill people. But pen can't kill. It can reform people. It is always better to change the people rather than killing. A pen can do a work which is not possible with a sword. It is a new birth to the changed person. So pen is giving life, sword is taking away life. Which is powerful? Creation is always more powerful than destruction.

In olden days also kings used to send poets and writers to the neighboring countries to inspire the kings with their word power and make friendship with the kingdom of the poet. Wars will affect some areas and some people. But famous writings will influence the nation and society. It will spread the harmony and happiness in the society.

Author: Rashmi verma15 May 2017 Member Level: Silver   Points : 4

I absolutely agree with the thought that a pen is mightier than a sword. Sword is a symbol of destruction. It kills lives. Pen, on the other hand, has both the abilities to make and running. It can make images and it can destroy them too.
A sword reaches to one person at a time but a pen has the power to reach million of people at a time. The writing of the author influences people a lot. We can find the evidence in history since the French revolution, which was supposed to be the biggest revolutions which brought the ideas of liberty, fraternity and equality. Why go far off we can see the effect of writings in our very own struggle for freedom
The pen has so much strength that it can ruin the image, hard earned reputation of an individual and on the other hand, it can even build strong images.
A person killed by the sword dies once but if a person is hit by the power of pen then a person dies a million deaths in a lifetime.

Author: Reena Upadhya23 May 2017 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 4

Pen creates words and words create impact. To grow a forest, rain is essential and not thunder. Thus, to create a powerful impact, powerful words are essential and not mighty sword. Also, sword can only bring localized effect. Generalized effect can only be brought by pen.

Words land in the heart and sword can chop some one's head and land him on the ground. The effects both create are very different. Sword might create force and violence but words are a creative force. Pen and words can really change the world.

Author: Umesh30 May 2017 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 3

Pen has been an important tool in the history as it gave a message, thought or plan to all the readers at once. Today same thing is happening. Only difference is the medium has been digital and online and spreading of the thought or news is very very fast.

With right thoughts you can mould the public in correct direction. They will be contributing for society. With sword you can only create fear temporarily and there will not be change in their mentality.

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