The Pen

The Pen
Ah the good old pen. Enabling you to write things down! Write things down using words, letters or numbers. Things that are useful to you or other people. Things that you'd like to remember better than just trying to remember it alone can do! And since the pen lets you write things down, you don't have to remember them as you have them all written down for you already. Which makes remembering them easier.

And the pen itself, it's such a small thing, yet it's through using pens that so much stuff has happened throughout history. From writing down all those legal articles and agreements that go back hundreds of years. Even though the pen itself has only really been with us for a few hundred years now. Before that they used to Quills and fountain pens. And before that they used to use pencils, and before that lumps of coal!

But the pen itself has been used by many people throughout time to write amazing stories and novels that are amazing books that stand the test of time. And other books, literature etc that have been used by people, businesses and even armies etc for coming up with written plans of attack. Or written messages of the enemies whereabouts and doings etc.

And the pen is such a useful and powerful too. Simply because you can use it to write powerful words which can motivate things to happen! Like actual large revolutions taking place simply because of something someone wrote down.

The pen really does have a lot to say for itself! It's almost like in fact that with a pen, you'll never run out of things to say, unless you run out of ink!

  • The pen can be used to write things down on like on paper and cardboard packages etc.
  • The pen can be used to write important documents and other literature, even novels, stories, screenplays etc.

  • The pen can sometimes run out of ink and need replacing completely with a new pen.
  • The pen isn't really no match in a sword fight as the sword will swiftly deal the ending blow before you can even finish writing this sentence!


Rhomhie Morelh Campo

Pen! Pen! Pen!

A pen is for knowledge, when we hear about pen one thing that comes inside our min is that, it is so common we just throw it away we would just let anyone borrow it and just take it for granted, and so forth we all knew pen is mightier than a sword imagine in our country in the Philippines we have our national hero named Jose P. Rizal who only used a pen to awaken the mind's of the fellow Filipino's against the oppression of the Spaniards during the early 1800's he used the pen to create a novel which inspired many people to do what is right and justice may prevail.
Posted by Rhomhie Morelh Campo on 05-18-2017
Jonathan Solomon
Couldn't have said it better myself, I feel exactly the same way. I don't understand people who say "might makes right is the absolute law of nature". The pen is knowledge, knowledge is power, and knowledge applied becomes a true power.

Just like your hero in the Philippines, you can awaken more people through a pen, then you ever can with a sword.
Yeah. As a filipino, jose rizal is the first one that comes to my mind when it's about pen and sword that is talked about. Maybe because as we grow up we are thought about the history of how rizal did the greatest strategy to fight the war or open the mind and inspire most filipinos about what is really happening that time. And we all admire him in doing that rather than blood battle.

Has to be the pen

If you look at the numbers, it's an easy choice. One blow with the sword can kill one man. One swipe of the pen can potentially make or destroy an entire country. How many lives did the Declaration of Independence e or the Emancipation Proclamation affect? Those are two prime examples of what the pen is capable of.
Posted by Anonymous on 05-25-2017

The pen is the mightiest!

If you think about a real fight, of course the logic will make you assume that the pen is weaker and doesn't work as an appropriate weapon. However, battles can be won or avoided by intelligence, and a pen is a fine way to manifest human thoughts. However, i must add that if you are not smart enough, the pen is rather useless, same as if you are not strong or skilled with the sword. As an example of the huge power of the pen, i will put it like this: Wars have been waged and won using swords, but behind most victories, there are strategies, sieges, ambushes and it can all be described and becomes real and possible for the mighty pen.
Posted by Anonymous on 08-15-2017

Pen all the way!!

Communication is such an important skill and all the great leaders of the world had it. That is something you most probably don't get using the sword. People: READ , WRITE and EDUCATE yourselves and your brain can be the best sword you will ever own! Peace and love to everyone
Posted by Anonymous on 09-07-2017

The Pen that defines us all.

Each stroke of the pen defines of what we think and what we see. Pen is limitless just as our mind being relentless on finding the knowledge that we seek. Our body dies but the ink and knowledge that you forge doesn't. Countless battles and stories are written by ink and even the sword can be define by the ink of the pen itself. The sword may rust but the pen is timeless and everlasting. As long as you hold the pen, you can have the power to change everything. It might not be as sharp as the sword but the power it possess can rip humanity itself.
Posted by Anonymous on 11-29-2017

Has to be the pen!

Killing is never a way to solve any kind of problem, it only makes the problem go away but never solves it therefore the sword would only mask the problem by eliminating the person who is causing the problems but there will always be more people behind that person ready to continue.

With a pen you can write down ways to be able to eliminate such problems occurring such as rules, laws or even in some circumstances to sign agreements. Because of the ability to be able to do things like that it prevents people from wanting to kill such as with the sword, therefore I see the pen being mightier than the sword.

Posted by Shortie on 05-06-2017
yes, your comment explains it best. :)

I hear that Pen is mightier than Sword

Growing up as a kid, i always heard this saying that "pen is mightier than sword but I probably never understood the real meaning. I think it tries to talk about power and authority. You mean have the manual power but you might not have the authority to do so. With pen, many have been sentenced to death, many have been denied jobs, foods, their rights and so on. I would not use sword here literally since I only see it been used in movies. It think it means physical strength and even at that, pen could still defeat it. You don't have to be strong to punish someone that's equally strong or even stronger than you. You need authority and if you have authority, you need pen.
Posted by wiiky28 on 08-25-2017

I love the Pen

Hello Have a wonderful day.

I love the pen to write history or document or books. Our teachers has been written the Books and we got that books to study and we have passed school, college, university and upper degrees. Now a days technology has been changing. Every books are coming on line to buy as a PDF format. Now a days, students are buying teachers books from on line.Some times teachers written documents are available on On line. Students are collecting the lectures of hand written from school, college and university level On line labs.

Pens are necessary for every one. There is no house in this world may be who does not have a pen.

Thanks Centurion

Posted by centurion on 05-05-2017

The pen is always better

A pen can do many things, it can end a war without a sword having to be lifted at all. It can create wars if it wanted to. Metaphorically, of course, I mean that pens can sign agreements that end wars etc. A pen can do many good things whilst a sword can't really can it, it's the only purpose is to end and kill someone's life.
Posted by kingcool52 on 08-23-2017

Write your way

Why solve arguments with brute violence of a sword, where instead, you can write laws to prevent further accidents to occur.

Passing movements that will uphold cultural acceptance, racial indifferences, and love for everyone.

Posted by Atropia on 05-04-2017

The pen of course

As the old saying goes, 'the pen is mightier than the sword' and that's true to a great extent. You can't win a war with a sword in your hands but you can certainly prove your point if you have a good writing ability. So the pen for me...
Posted by mesush on 05-12-2017

In the modern age the pen wins

In the olden days, getting power was done by killing the last person in power who was generally a king but nowadays any attempts of gain power with violence will work against you as most people love to live in a democracy and hate it when they see people trying to attack their way to the top. People like to listen to arguments and vote in whoever sounds the best to them. This is why you have seen a verity of groups try to censor people, in recent history it was the right wing but nowadays the left wing is trying to silence people in order to stay in power.
Posted by Gaince on 05-05-2017

Pen wins!

In old times when there was not much focus on education the people would kill each other just for minor things. Now pen (education) have made huge difference in the society. A well educated men will never have to struggle for anything like money. With pen you can prevent wars, because with education a persons gets the sense of damage done to humans and other countries. with education he learns to value other human beings and tend think about them too.
Posted by contracterboss on 05-06-2017

Writer, not a Fighter

I'm a writer, not a fighter. Hence the reason I think the pen would a much more powerful tool for me. The pen helps me convey my thoughts, opinions and emotions via text or writing to other people, even those around the globe.

I also enjoy filmmaking and script writing, so being able to write my ideas down and develop them further is a blessing.

Posted by TheArticulate on 05-13-2017

"The pen is mightier than the sword!"

That's how the saying goes, and it goes that way for good reason too. Being able to solve conflicts and make decisions without the need to bring violence or conflict into the mix always results in a better result, that is fair to all sides, even if some dedication and patience is required to reach a better outcome.

Unless you mean literally, in which case the sword is obviously better, good luck cutting someone down with a pen.

Posted by Krimzen on 05-07-2017

The pens for sure.

Killing is not a peaceful solution for many issues, it would advocate the problems to become more violent and harder to solve. The pens are more peaceful, diplomatic, and intelligent method to resolve those problematic topics. You don't have to kill to win fights, do you? Most people don't like being physically injured, right?
Posted by dap1900 on 05-10-2017
Am going to disagree with your take on the topic and it's not because I prefer a swors morethan a pen, but it's in the way you said "killing" so bluntly.

A sword wasn't made specifically for attcking and killing, it's also a weapon of self defense. I need you to also remeber that the sword is the primary symbol for justice which can be seen held to the right hand of the blinded statue lady in justice buildings.

Let's leave sentiments aside, the pen has caused more destruction to man than any sword has done. You need to know that before every conflict begins a pen is always the object of written communication passing informatiom from place to place which eventually leads to blown out conflicts.

The sword was always a last resort, it comes into action after what sprouts out of anything he pen has put down.

Pen rules

When I resigned from a job and asked my boss to write in my autograph he scribbled this 'Pen is mightier than the sword' Although it made me feel indispensable I felt I had let down my boss just because I got a better job and I got that job by using my pen. What one achieves by physical force is short lived and temporary. When two countries sign a deal that achieves more than a war between the two countries.
Posted by iamawriter on 06-16-2017

Knowledge is Power

The person who has the most information and ability to manipulate that to his advantage wins, sword or no sword. So I think the pen IS mightier than the sword because that is where knowledge, power and dreams come from. The sword can be might, but only to a certain extent. A pen can stop a sword... with a few well written words. :)
Posted by eva.ling on 06-05-2017

Intelligence is the greatest human asset

The pen is a symbol for human intelligence. Now think about it, what really is it that sets us apart from other species? Well you got it, it's our intelligence. Did by any chance we become the most successful species on Earth by punching our way through it? Nope, a gorilla or even a chimp is much stronger than the average human. Of course, we still fight each other to this very day, but most of the progress we've been fortunate to made was thanks to wits and intelligence, not brute force and violence.
Posted by kovacs on 05-15-2017

the Pen is the winner

The pen has the ability to control nations. the pen gives you knowledge, and also the pen can wright down lies, which can device many. In war the pen truly has more power than the sword. the Sword works temporality, but to control the minds and the people long term , the pen has the power.
Posted by kamar19 on 06-03-2017

pen is mightier

pen is indeed mightier than a sword, knowledge they say is life, without knowledge someone would not be able to face the new development of his country in both technological and mechanical aspect,as of now the world is turning into a global village where by the use of sword and gun wont be able to speak. technological development and overall development is as a result of education, education is a pen which ink will never get dry, education is a life long process and will never end, it is from cradle to death. when someone lack education he wont be able to use those power acquire and will always request for a scholar or an adviser.
Posted by EarlAlexander on 05-22-2017

The pen can ruin you

Sure, the sword is powerful. Sure, the sword can kill you, can hurt you in permanent ways, like cutting your arm off. But the pen... the pen can RUIN you. The right things, written by the right people, will completely change your life for the worst. Books, journals, everything that is written will stay written... A sword comes and go, but the pen can stick eternally and there is nothing you can do against it.
Posted by Xilkozuf on 07-12-2017

Knowledge is the Key

In a fight, 9/10 the sword's physical attributes will win. However, in the right hands, with the knowledge and know how, the pen can end the fight before it even begins. Wisdom tells us that it is better to avoid the fight when possible. So, let the pen be the tool by which wisdom is transferred to the barer of the sword. If it comes down to it, and a written apology is not enough, with the pen, write the wrong address and time for the dual and give person with the sword. Avoidance...
Posted by Mark.c on 05-23-2017

The pen can teach you how to use the sword

I just feel like those who become absorbed in being a macho warrior are sometimes blinded by their emotion and will power. Doing what ever it takes to uphold this. Those who decided to learn all forms of knowledge can be at ease in knowing who and what they are. Nothing to uphold.
Posted by jms777 on 05-26-2017

The Pen

The pen is a weapon , Even if the ink finishes Pen conects dirrecly to the heart and Mind You can Still Close your eyes and imagine noting things with your pen without ink lol :-)
Posted by Clara1993 on 06-02-2017

The keyboard is the new pen

Of course the pen! In this modern age, the new pen is obviously a keyboard. Almost all our battles are fought through email, on forums, or even via text message.
Posted by Lizzyib on 06-07-2017

Intelligence is power

If you look at the world right now, people that have complete dominance and control over others are the intelligent type instead of the physically stronger ones. Even in a role traditionally dominated by the physically fit ones such as sports team and military, you notice that the one on top are the one with power of intellects, experiences, and insights.

Even if we compared it with the medieval times where the discussion of pen or sword might matter, we even noticed that he knights are actually controlled by the lords or kings who are considered to be the more intellect types and even they are ranked below the church.

Posted by lordrenly on 06-10-2017

Well If I'm Choosing Weapons ...

If I'm choosing a weapon of choice, the pen would certainly win out over the sword. However, if I need to eat and have to hunt for my food, the sword would win out over the pen. :) So I assume we're talking about weapons of choice for defense. If that is the correct assumption then definitely I choose the pen. You can kill a dreamer but you can't kill the dream.
Posted by cmoneyspinner on 07-08-2017


I don't think that a sword will be of any use to me. I love writing and that's the reason why I chose the pen. I used to buy all kinds of pen when I was still at school. My grandpa gifted me a very nice pen for Christmas and this is what I am actually using to write in my journal.
Posted by Pixie on 08-19-2017

Both hold influence, but the pen's is much larger

The bearer of the sword might be able to kill a few men (or women, or children; the general idea stands). This aspect of the sword can't be denied. However, the bearer of the pen can influence the thought of many others toward said sword bearer. For every act of violence that's been done, there's been at least one pen writing about that event, coloring it with their own views (or lack thereof), telling the world about what happened - for good, or for ill.

As a general philosophy, the acts of both the pen and sword act much more swiftly than ever before, yet the information of the pen spreads like wildfire. False and misleading information can be spread very quickly in the internet age, and that will stick in someone's mind well after any changes or corrections occur, if at all. Each proverbial stroke of the pen counts even more than it has ever before.

Posted by Linen on 06-12-2017


If we're talking about the metaphor, the pen is way, way stronger than the sword. Words can solve a lot more than violence, but only on the condition that both parties have a certain level of diplomacy.

If you meant the literal way, I would still go for the pen. Not only can you influence a lot of people with written words (laws, newspapers, etc), but you could, in the case of an emergency, stab someone. Metaphorically, this wouldn't count. Mostly because the pen symbolizes diplomacy and the sword symbolizes violence, but in real life, you could easily injure someone with a pen.

Posted by BubblyWiz on 06-14-2017

I'll go with pen

I thought about why I chose a pen. Look at these facts. You have seen people like Gandhi, MLK, and Rosa Parks succeed in getting what they want by using peaceful methods. The people that go the other route end up taking part of a sad note in history. We as humans tend to be selfish. We also like to point out the flaws in others. I am not going to listen to your point if you depend on force and yelling to get your point across. If your position is valid, you don't have to force your way through so violently.
Posted by RedVelvetCupcake2009 on 06-29-2017

Creation vs. Destruction.

The sword starts and ends the wars, and while it provides victory against the enemy, it also provides destruction, for all sides involved.

The pen, however, has has provided progression and evolution in society, something the sword has never been able to do. And what would we be without progress? The pen builds what the sword destroys, and the pen also allows the sword to evolve and become stronger, more powerful.

Humans are what they are thanks to their smarts, not their strength, and we've managed to rule Earth above all other living beings just by it.

How can a sword be mightier than that?

Posted by VintageRose on 06-24-2017

Keeanu Reeves!

If John Wick can take out an army of trained guards with a pen, then there is definitely no need for a sword! Without the pen, mankind would have no medium with which he can express his thoughts, opinions and ideas. A pen is a heck of a lot more useful and can at least serve the purpose of a sword in self-defense. As long as you aren't getting yourself in trouble, there is no need for a pen.
Posted by SashaS on 06-23-2017

Pen Irony!

The pen has surpassed the test of time while the sword now is used mostly in nursery rhymes. Not much doth carry a wielding sword except for show and museums bored. It shines and glitters and shows a manful fashion. At least once upon a time at a Cinderella's reunion. The pen and the sword were once on a mission but the swordplay stopped or was penned out of commission. Now we write the tales of heroes and sword legends with mostly the pen to fulfill the mission. In the written words have more sword play than any sword today in action!
Posted by Joteque on 08-07-2017

The Pen By Orders of Magnitude!

The trouble with violence is that its a tool who's only use is the acquisition or preservation of power. And that's not an irrelevant metric! I abhor violence but I also acknowledge that it is a necessary part of our world.

Never the less, might does not make right. Vanquishing an enemy isn't the same thing as proving him wrong and if you happen to be on the wrong side of history, all the bullets and swords in the world wont preserve you. It is much better to change minds than to extinguish them. Killing serves only to eliminate a foe where as writing preserves a record of discourse, discovery, and with some luck and a little diligence, enlightenment.

Posted by JaiGuru on 07-07-2017

Knowledge is power

We all know knowlege is power and that is what the pen brings, with a pen you could start and end wars, change a contry's economic situation or even take a life. But while the sword just acts as a personal tools which yields power restricted to the weilder alone. The pen give much more than that, you can check all through history and find that the pen had made more impact so i will stick with the pen here
Posted by zeedollar on 07-07-2017

The pen and the wars

The pen, an ancient device of writing, a creators of ideas and causes of many wars, the pen transmits messages, ideas and can change the reality of many, with a pen wars are created and also are finished.
Posted by Deathisue on 07-13-2017

The Pen, I Say

This could be because I am biased, being a writer and all, but I would have to say the pen. After all, think about it: the doctrines which have been recorded by the pen are what make people pick up the sword in the first place. A well-written text can last thousands of years and influence people for centuries. However, even the best swordsman will die in battle or in retirement way before his Bible or Koran will.
Posted by JoeMilford on 08-01-2017

The Pen!

A lot of events in history have been documented through writing.It is in this writings that mankind has been able to learn from the past and has also enabled them to plan for the future.
Posted by Jameson on 07-17-2017

The Pen can be mightier

I favor knowledge over raw strength so I guess it has to be the pen. A good talk (Or a good write in this case) can get you much further than senseless brawling and I do speak from my own experience here. Also, who says you can't use a pen to defend yourself? The pen can be mightier than the sword. In the right hands of course :)
Posted by Marvadaum on 07-16-2017

A symbol of knowledge

I love how the pen is used as the symbol of knowledge and wisdom. Documented history would have not existed if it weren't for pens. I just consider that diplomacy is always the best way to settle things and not through sword. There have been many conflicts settled by the latter and it has ended up so well, with only people dying.
Posted by giovanniiiii on 08-08-2017

The "Pen" is forever....

During an actual argument, yes the sword may cause pain and loss of blood. However, given time, all wounds heal and become a distant memory (or great story). Harmful words by using the pen however are forever. The person will never really be able to heal and move on. By reading what was originally written all hurt feelings will resurface.
Posted by Rhombus on 08-16-2017

It's the almighty pen

l don’t think people can do without using pen till the end of the world. Pens are used in our everyday life schools, hospital, laboratory, shops, hotel, etc to write vital things. Great things and ideas today came to reality through the use of pen because as the idea is floating from the brain, it’s the pen we will use to write it down in order not to forget. It’s very rare not to see 8 out 10 using pen today. Pens mean a whole lot to me in my daily life and it a valuable tool to many people across the entire globe.
Posted by Gettingmile on 08-08-2017

Knowledge is the key.

As the headline says, knowledge beats it all, and the pen is the key to sharing and saving knowledge, while the sword is the key to spreading blood and taking lives. There's so much to do with a pen in a way that you can take someone's live aswell, without necessarily using it physically against someone.
Posted by Wyvh on 09-01-2017

Always been PEN :)

It's undeniable that pen has always been mightier than a sword. Pen embodies intelligent and confident, whereas sword it embodies braveness (it's my own opinion). When you hold a pen, it entails that you are educated, you're smart and it will live even if you grow old. The pen is wisdom, that is the reason why it's mightier than a sword. The pen can touch and affect lives too.
Posted by DanoCath on 08-15-2017

Pen commands the sword

While the sword is indeed mighty and can bring harm upon you, it is the pen that can command thousands of swords to go into the action. Just remember how the Tywin Lannister organized the entire Red Wedding with nothing but a pen!
Posted by Vatroslav on 08-16-2017


Often times it has been repeated as an adage in my region that"The pen is mightier than the Sword".I agree with this totally because every form of violence gets to be resolved one way or the other and when this resolution is about to take place,The pen with a stroke of signatures can end years of war and violence.
Posted by yemzy on 08-19-2017

Words are the most powerful weapon

When used well, words can become powerful propaganda, and can make anything happen. Looking at history, you can see capable diplomats putting this into action--the most notable example, of course, being Hitler during WWII with the propaganda of the Nazi regime. If anything it may be easier to use force over words, but words are capable of way more than force.
Posted by yaorice on 08-21-2017

There is power in the pen.

No matter how we look at it, I will have to go with the pen anyday and any time of the day considering the power it has got to make things go right or go wrong in a matter of seconds. I've enjoyed using the pen for some years since I began writing and still feel cool with it.
Posted by Barida on 12-24-2017

Use if for Righteousness

My answer on this would be short, simple and sweet. A pen is mightier than a sword if the sword is shorter and the pen is sharper; but whether it's pen or sword use it for Righteousness. Use pen to opposed inequality, injustice and dictatorship. Never use the pen in spreading fake news, in bullying and in promoting terrorism and war. Use sword in protecting the oppressed, the victims and the helpless but never use it on killing an innocent child, hurting a defenseless woman and destroying someone's hope and future. Let us use our pen and sword in promoting peace, harmony and prosperity. I rather have PEACE on Earth than PIECES on Earth.
Posted by MushyPhilip1822 on 08-27-2017


If words are used correctly on someone, they can end up being the strongest action. When you look at the saying the pen is mightier than the sword, the pen can end up controlling the sword.
Posted by Juliemonkey on 10-14-2017


They say that Pen is mightier than sword which is true because there are lots of things that a pen can do. A sword can only be used to win a battle but not the war. A pen can start or end a war and can also destroy any person by just writing anything about anyone. A pen can destroy other peoples lives by through writing. No matter how pure your soul is, if there's someone who uses the pen to weaponize it against you, they can simply write and spread that false news and destroy you in an instant.
Posted by ColdFlameChris on 11-30-2017

The pen, indubitably

There is no two ways about this question. The pen, undoubtedly, is way mightier than the sword.

So what can the sword do?

Enforce it's owner's will by brute force? How long can that be done? As long as the owner has enough brute force to put behind the sword.

The pen can do a lot more than that. It can persuade the reader to support the cause of the writer. For how long? For as long as the idea is kept alive. Certainly, way longer than the life of the writer. Great ideas, written down with the pen, has changed the world, hundreds and thousands of years, long after the original writer has left this mortal plane.

So, forsooth, the pen shall win the day. Today, tomorrow and forever more.

Posted by Aree on 11-10-2017

You can write your life with a pen

W e all need a pen. We can write everything and become successful authors with a pen. I would rather carry a pen everyday than carry a sword. A pen is small and friendly to the environment. I can use a pen but not use a sword.
Posted by mildredtabitha on 12-01-2017

The Pen that Unites us all

each stroke of the pen defines of what we think and what we see. Pen is limitless just as our mind being relentless on finding the knowledge that we seek. Our body dies but the ink and knowledge that you forge doesn't. Countless battles and stories are written by ink and even the sword can be define by the ink of the pen itself. The sword may rust but the pen is timeless and everlasting. As long as you hold the pen, you can have the power to change everything. It might not be as sharp as the sword but the power it possess can rip humanity itself.
Posted by Jerwin101 on 11-29-2017


The pen has the power to reveal truths about others and ourselves.

It's the best instrument against thoughtless actions and the struggles of mankind. It wields the power to create change that cannot be stopped by any means of defense. It instills courage to those who use it well especially, the kindhearted.

While the sword can destroy enemies and protect from physical harm, the pen can do better. It allows us to preserve ideas, written promises, and the hope of passing on legacies to the future generation.

Posted by Steve5 on 12-13-2017


The Sword

The Sword
The sword. A long solid sliver of metal, often sharpened on one edge but sometimes on two (double edged sword). And the sword has been around for centuries even thousands of years and is one of the most basic, yet still very lethal methods of arms that one could defend themself with. And while the sword has largely been replaced by the gun. It's still used by a lot of armies and certain countries and people to this day!

And the sword is a very haughty and often very heavy weapon to carry with you. They come in all different shapes and sizes, some are long and straight. Some are short and curved. There's so many different types of sword names and types that go back throughout the centuries by many different countries throughout time.

And the sword has been the tool and weapon of choice for so many armies and soldiers. For without his sword, the soldier would have to use his hands or his shield to attack and defend with and those are often quickly overcome with a sword. And that shows that the sword can be used both offensively and defensively too.

Now obviously, you cannot carry a sword around with you today! You'll get stopped, tackled to the ground and handcuffed quicker than you can say "I need a lawyer"! But some places still use them for show. Examples are the guards outside of the Royal Palace.

But the sword is just a sword at the end the day. It can't do anything on its own, it needs to be held by the swordsman to use it. And the sword can't write! Not unless you was using it to make words in the sand or on a large rock but then it would become scratched and blunt and that's why you don't use swords to write with in the rock!

  • The sword is a very useful tool and weapon for defending yourself with and for the offensive tactical moves against enemies.
  • The sword comes in many different shapes and sizes and types and is used a lot for commemorative and decorative purposes.

  • The sword is a heavy thing to carry around although it would never run out of ink like a pen does or bullets like a gun can.
  • The sword can become blunt and need constant sharpening so it's working at its optimum effectiveness.



philosophy only

The pen is mightier than the sword is simply a philosophy. You can approach life from this viewpoint, however, the reality is that violence can accomplish much. I wish it were not this way, but it sadly is. People will succumb to fear and will be controlled if they are threatened with violence. I probably would myself. I like the idea that more can be accomplished through changing philosophy, through creating different ideals with words, however, in reality, the sword is very mighty and I'm not sure that this simple phrase is true.
Posted by Mahshiemonalisa on 05-25-2017

So naive

I see so many naive people here. writing how you wish things were instead of how they are.

Might makes right is the absolute law of nature. The strong decide, weak follow. I see people here are confusing the sword that maintains civilized society with a pen.

We live in a society where murder and desire are curtailed but don't forget that it is the threat of force that maintains this order in it. For should anyone break the rules of civility they shall be chased down by the mighty force of the state and deprived of their liberty.

Just because the mighty of this era (the state) have decided to act benevolently doesn't erase the fact that it is still by force that order is maintained in the modern society. If you ever doubt it just pick a history book and review the history of humanity when someone stronger decided that the way of things was not the right one.

Posted by QuickSilverD on 05-07-2017
Very interesting and very true too. We live in a world dominated by written words. Words that come from the top. But that doesn't always make it right. It's only when the strong decide, hang on, this isn't right and a movement is formed that we have a revolution and a change. But even then, it's always the pen that that writes about the story at the end of the day.

The sword.

All the pretty words in the world detailing all of the do's and don'ts that every person is allowed to do. Doesn't mean anything if there wasn't a sword to back it up and uphold the written law. Words on paper don't stop crime but the threat of having more swords helps to curtail it.
Posted by Zyphir on 05-14-2017

Everything needs to be backed

This really depends on how you want to define 'might'. The pen certainly gets a lot more done, especially in this day and age, but that's because what the sword represents - violence - isn't usually a very good first answer. But it can make an absolutely excellent answer.

The sword is absolutely foundational to the Pen's capabilities. As QuickSilverD noted, 'might makes right', and at a very fundamental level, the government (or state) derives their power from a monopoly on the use of violence. (Namely, the right to overwhelm whatever you can bring to bear if you use it in a way deemed unlawful).

Fortunately for those of us who would prefer not to live a Hobbesian nightmare, we live in a society where the Sword need only serve as a reminder that we might want to resolve things with the Pen first, if we can only come to an agreement.

Posted by gkillian on 05-13-2017

Sword Wins in the End

The knowledge of the pen can only get you so far, but for a pen to be effective you also need someone else in the spectrum with power (or a sword). In this society, the pen could be the superior but in the end, a duel between brain vs brawn will always end up with the muscle trampling intelligence.
Posted by lexcion on 06-05-2017

Dead men tell no tales...

Since we all know both are useful for different reasons, I'm going to take the quote that has been thrown around quite a lot here: "The pen is mightier than the sword".

In the perspective of people who use pens, yes it is true that it is a powerful tool. A simple writing can change a person's life, for better or for worse. Just like how news stations can be biased towards a political party simply by following scripts written in ink. The pen can destroy a person, and ruin lives, even for generations to come. BUT...

The sword.. You don't use it for anything else but to kill. In a way, "self defense" is just people's way of saying "it's either me or him". The sword is able to take a life a hundred times easier than a pen, the pen may ruin my image but what good does it do if there's nothing else to ruin?

The sword is mightier than the pen, because in context of a war, you can never rely on your pen to save yourself. They have stated that the pen "awakens people". For what? To fight back? With what? With more pens? In the end, when all hell breaks loose, we will all hold the blade and we will all shed blood for the ones we are trying to protect.

Posted by arachnophobik on 06-14-2017

The Sword

Since I was a kid I have seen so many debates about this and most people as usual go for the Pen but as I grew older I realized its just a big farce. The society we live in today is filled with self centred and selfish beings. Let's use the African continent as reference majority of the leaders in the continent enslave their countrymen loot public funds and put their families in juicy political positions this is just the height the judiciary system ceases to function, the only arm of government which is meant to restore sanity using the pen and following due process is most of the time compromised so the populace are left to take laws in their hands these Which results to "jungle justice" the citizens begin to physically attack the so called leaders with weapons,burning properties this forces the leaders to either go into exile or leave. If the pen was migthier than the sword using due process would have been effective.

This is happening all over the world another example is the US there has been so many accounts of racial killings but the judgement has been a bit one sided using the Pen one side gets to walk while the others do not get serious attention this is what the pen does it's now weak it can no longer solve problems.

Posted by Westbay on 07-13-2017


The war is won by swords not pens!. Power is power as Cersei said and the sword can get you the power. This is more than just a pen vs a sword task this goes beyond that, this is violence against reason. We would like the reason to win each battle but at the end the sword will always win...
Posted by Pink_Turtle on 08-23-2017

Might of the sword.

This is quite the controversial opinion, but most people would agree that intelligence is one of the most important qualities and that is true. However, depending on the age you're living in, the sword might be mightier. There are people who are born to be leaders and people like them are not only intelligent, but strong, you have to be the strongest in the tribe to come out as ruler and change things yourself. Let's imagine a person who is so strong that he could lift a mountain, he would no doubt be the one to prevail in a certain community, of course that is just imagination, but there are cases where the sword might be better.
Posted by manmad on 08-15-2017

sword kick ass

Sword kick ASS okay. Sword kick ass because it is highly sellable in markets specially the old and authentic ones that you can sell on ebays to those who collects awesome stuffs. Pen on the other is pretty much not practical to be used in battles so if I were you I stay away using one in times of war. Sword on the other hand can be use in battles to kill bad people so it is "Sword is mightier than the pen."
Posted by antonmia01 on 08-17-2017


Carrying sword is cooler that having a lot of pens! Like you can't see a lot of people owning this gem this generation so sword will win, be it philosophically or practically. I will choose sword any day.
Posted by Vastor122 on 08-30-2017

Publication Isn't As It Was

I think back then this was true, but nowadays, people don't really pay attention long enough anymore for any written word to have as much impact. A lot of our psyche has changed during the past decade and I don't think we value the same things as the previous generation did anymore. Back then, you would hear a lot of people who would say that they prefer not to tarnish their legacy, whereas nowadays, people don't really care that much about their own legacy anymore, so I think sword wins.
Posted by Wubwub on 09-16-2017

Sword will win

I higly think that the sword will win, altought it needs to be a sharpened one and easy to carry with you. If you can master the sword i think that this is a better option.
Posted by AlexJPro on 08-26-2017


If we want to go on philosophical logic , we can argue that the pen is mightier than the sword in terms of civility because in this modern society people resolve things by writing laws and these laws will indicate which route will we go by judgement by sword (death penalty) or by leniency (jail term).. But if we went on realistic logic, well if I'm being attack an I had a choice between a sword and a own well 'duh', the sword comes first.
Posted by Kerronbillouin36 on 05-08-2017
I am a software engineer but not ashamed to admit that the pen is still one of the technical tools that I use frequently. I agree that I work on different gadgets like desktops, laptops and tablets but I feel better while drawing pictures or taking notes with a pen during the meetings I attend. And why I am telling this in a debate for sword or pen because I can see myself winning most times with my pushy bosses with swords in their hands... well almost. I think I can take a sword easily but using a pen is a technical job.
Posted by mesush on 05-12-2017
Art Over Homework
I believe that you need both. You need the pen to communicate with other people, and to write laws and rules so people do not hurt each other or themselves. However, you need a sword to make sure the laws and rules are followed. A piece of paper with writing on it will not stop ISIS. A sword will. However, if everyone tried to fight evil by themselves it would be a chaotic mess But a piece of paper can teach us how to use the sword organize us to fight together.
Posted by Art Over Homework on 05-16-2017
Pen is mightier than the sword is just a cliche. Read the history and then you will understand where does a pen stand and where sword stands. The empires were made by sword and not the pen. How did the United States became free, from war of independence. How was the modern France created, from battles and wars. There were great thinkers in ancient Rome and Greece, however, these empires were not created from pen, but from sword.
Posted by vinaya on 05-19-2017
I am going to comment on the pen vs the sword them both being in my opinion weapons used mentally and physically in different ways as a form of defense, which in some ways are seen and other ways heard. The comparison I am making is not to say which that I prefer to use but more so a reasonable outcome when one or the other is used. Physically a pen can be used to actually stab someone/ thing just have to use a reasonable amount of force whereas physically using a sword just takes a small flick of the wrist. Both ways can have a very bloody gruesome outcome. In this instance though it is more likely that the harm done is the main difference. I believe it is safe to say that it is easier to cause death swinging a sword versus objectionable force with a pen depending on the position/ location of the initial successful stab. Another physical example for a pen would be the writing used by the pen in order to inflict internal pain usually hard to decipher versus physically seeing a sword which implies how much pain one could be in if used which is not that hard to decipher. Usually ones fear and panic can be seen outwardly but in this instance sometimes it too can be hard to decipher.
Posted by MsDivine on 05-21-2017
A man holding a sword means he is going to do something. A man holding a pen, shows that he is planning to do something. I would rather be holding a sword rather than holding a pen because I want action. Meaning i want things to happen, not imagining what might happen if I plan something. it may look like holding a sword is a violent way to solve anything, but would you rather see someone charging into battle to save you rather than reading a letter saying someone is saving you.
Posted by Neiltarquin on 06-10-2017
I liked your interpretation of the sword and pen. You cannot fight a war with a pen, you need sword (read guns and missiles). However, with swords you cannot win hearts, you need a pen to do that.
Posted by vinaya on 12-26-2017
What is the meaning of the word 'Might?' It is a noun meaning strength, power, force or vigour and robust.

All of these qualities can be found in both the pen and the sword. The sword because wars have been waged and won by using the sword. The pen because planning and the writing of words can be just as lethal. I would say they are equal.
Posted by JMS on 06-10-2017
If you don't think the pen is mightier than the sword, then try to post some unpopular opinions on social media. It's like setting off World War III. Well, I can say that the pen will definitely - bring on the sword, for sure. Anyway, as I was implying, words really cause a reaction in people, while the appearance of a weapon or some kind of show of power - like say some bodybuilder showing off his body - is often ignored.
Posted by jyy on 06-11-2017
Considering a sword is not a practical thing that we can actually use in everyday life, I have to say the pen is mightier than the sword. Words are extremely powerful. We use words to get our point across, to convey important messages, to debate, to report, we use the pen for everything literal. Using a pen can change lives, and educate. A sword brings images of violence, whereas a pen brings images of personal opinions and information. Information is critical, we can't write with a sword. There are lots of times we wish we could use a sword, but it's unrealistic. The power of the pen is limitless.
Posted by freebird37 on 06-24-2017
Words are very important. They can even be more important than physical force. You don't necessarily need a sword to get what you want. When you use a sword to represent your cause, it only brings a bad image against other people who hold your views. I have seen this scenario with religion, civil rights, debates, etc. No one will want to take someone that is associated with violence seriously. You come off as immature if you can't be peaceful and you look as if you are terrorizing others for their opinion. Sure, I won't lie. The sword can have good short term effects, but what's the point of getting people to hold your views through intimidation if they don't understand why they hold those views anyway? You should at least use both methods in conjunction where appropiate.
Posted by RedVelvetCupcake2009 on 06-29-2017
Well, a pen can indeed be mightier. It is through the pen that words that can destroy, heal or make one laugh or cry, that they are put into writing and could be distributed and read by many through a book. You need not be violent using a sword to get what you want to convey and reach many people so they will unite and fight together for whatever the pen is aiming at, as words that the pen puts into writing can really destroy or make a person.
Posted by SimplyD on 07-06-2017
I will put my contribution straight as this; both pen and sword dominate or rule the world at different epoch. In years before now sword is the master our world and scholars have no place in the society because then was the era of domination and war. But in this epoch of ours pen is the master because pen make the policies, sign the treaties. Generally speaking pen is mightier than the sword this days, because even pen gives power to the sword. And also pen could stop or prevent sword from striking.
Posted by Laiportal on 07-11-2017
As time goes by, the sword loses its relevance but the pen keeps documenting history and predicting the future. Wise men use the pen to solve problems while the sword is left for the foot soldiers to serve these wise men.
Posted by Anonymous on 07-12-2017
Both the pen and sword are mighty depending on your view. Written words as command can start a war, but would the pen be used in winning the war? Debates, articles, great stories requires the pen to be written. Great Rome needed swords to be victorious and used them for entertainment. So both are great if viewed for their different uses.
Posted by Dhanidhamy on 07-15-2017
The old adage still remains true. The pen is mightier than the sword. It is with knowledge is passed from generation to generation. If you say battle and killing, it is still the pen that gives those orders.
Posted by maria_c on 07-16-2017
The pen is mightier than the sword as long as the sword is not the Word of God, in which case the sword is more powerful. Then again, the word is written with the pen.
Posted by freebird37 on 07-17-2017
The pen is mightier than the sword because it represents the thinking class. People who wield the sword are underlings who serve the thinking class. A pen can kill from a distance while swords can only kill at short or mid range. A person's life story is recorded with a pen - birth, school, marriage, death. Anyone can live without a sword. King David was king and swordsman. For what is he known for besides the lineage through which Jesus was born? The hundreds of Psalms that he has written and the story about him and Goliath, not the sword.
Posted by chatbox on 07-22-2017
I think that the pen is definitely stronger than the sword in the current times. In today's world, media has a very strong presence. A bad portrayal can sway everyone's attention towards the person, organization or even country. As an example, a war will happen if wrong information is given by important people. The sword is more like the executioner but the pen is the planner.
Posted by fishmonk on 08-04-2017
Pen because it can hurt but not kill like a sword does. You can erase the hurtful words that you wrote by a pen but you cannot let a person live when you kill a person with sword. A pen can only hurt your heart by its words but it cannot make you bleed like a sword does.
Posted by Scarlet on 08-18-2017
Pens and swords can both be weapons of revolution, but I think a lot of people forget that the pen is also used by the same people that use the sword, and oftentimes after they've already conquered something. History is written by the victor, and all that. Take a look at politics, as well-- those who have gotten into power via "the sword" then use "the pen" to help suppress dissident voices. Look at how the media works these days: distraction and outrage are two of the biggest forms of ammunition used against the opposing side.
Posted by Souverian on 08-19-2017
The pen represents peaceful way by making settlements, peaceful talk, resolutions, platforms, agreements and closure to avoid a commotion most especially threaten the life of people. While in other hand sword means revenge, vengeance, rebellion, harm, war and worst is death. These are the difference of two things but it doesn't mean everything that lies to it are all negative. Like sword it can be use as defense, protection, security and bravery to save life.
Posted by rogel on 08-20-2017
Yes the pen is actually mightier than the sword. You can use the pen to sack thousands of people, to deceive others by changing small figures to millions to get profit in the wrong way, to execute thousands of people when it is put in writing. The sword works well mostly when it has been given the go ahead to perform an action by the pen.
Posted by babyright on 08-23-2017
today pen is the best weapon to defend or defeat an enemy or just simple matter that can help by this method, but if things goes wrong i will use sword to fight in actual battle.
Posted by jan on 08-24-2017
Without the Pen. We are still be hungry for freedom. Remember that we are awakened not by a sword but only a pen. You cannot always defend yourself by sword. It is very heavy to carry. But in these days.. where we are living, we can defeat our enemies by just a pen. For example, you were in a very downfall moments.. When you think nobody can hear you. Nobody can understand you. Nobody will know the pain you are carrying. Just remember those disciples who wrote down all you need to ease your pain. Remember they had used the pen on writing and until now we are using the copies of it. Pen is the starting point of knowledge through wisdom. Sword is the starting point of war.
Posted by Jenien on 08-25-2017
pen much better in the modern day, just look at the news or other media they can even kill a person by just writing.
Posted by jan on 08-25-2017
Even though as I have voted for pen, I still feel there are some places where pen might not work perfectly and sword would be able to work. This leads me to the Generalisation that it all depends on the situation. Both are mighty and have their own means of operation.
Posted by wiiky28 on 08-25-2017
i go for a pen, when words is written down it is more powerful than a sword it can even stop a war just by reading what is written on that letter. also pen is for decision making writing down important happening in our world. but sword is for destruction for killing bloody war sword and that's not cool.
Posted by tophew on 08-27-2017
There was a saying which goes " Pen is mightier than sword". Nothing is really solved out of violence in any form. That is why the media existed. every news that has been made, every write-ups, every article that has been written by different author can struck one parties ego. It is a silence vengeance that could hit straight through the bone. Nothing can be taken out of force but one who controls opinion can change other people's opinion.
Posted by Istine on 08-28-2017
I believe that it's the pen. Before the sword is lifted to be used to go into any battle, the pen has already done it's job and it's the outcome of the pens job that determines actually if the sword is going into battle or not.

The power of the sword or the right to use the sword is first vested in the pen and without the pens say-so, the sword is just one useless piece of metal. So therefore, in my point of view, the pen is mightier than the sword.
Posted by Heatman on 08-30-2017
I think the pen is better because it's a way of learning, we use pen to write inorder not to forget things, writing also means creativity. I don't think I could use sword for anything, I can use a pen to win a sword.
Posted by Dparagon on 09-12-2017
Well, I mean... it kind of depends on what you want to do, I guess? If you just want to write a quick note, or a whole story, then I'm pretty sure a pen will suffice. If you want to run head first into an army of 15th century knights, then I think the sword is definitely a better option. Although, if your'e looking to get into a fight these days, John Wick will tell you a pen is a much more viable alternative. You can't exactly walk into a bar with a sword in your hand, but a pen in your pocket? Nobody will suspect a thing until the moment you're jabbing everyone in the throat... or just writing your number on a tissue for the cute waitress.
Posted by Sp3ctrum on 09-29-2017
Call me the odd one, but I like to paint a different picture from the even ones. I just see things differently but that doesn't make me a bad person or undermine your views.

Yes, the pen has made history allowing us take a look at the past anytime anyday by reading what the pen helped put down on a paper. It has so many achievements I can't begin to tell all. But the untold part is that the pen also has the power to deceive, mislead and spike chaos. Think of it as reading a false and destructive information put down with a pen.

The sword is always associated with violence of some nature. Let's not forget that as a sword kills, a sword is also a weapon for protection. The sword can also be use to cut open what a pen can't. As a sword send a man to the grave, a sword is also used as a symbol of peace for justice.

I told you I think quiet different than others.
Posted by Rumu on 10-03-2017
Both pen and sword are tools that became significant part of the human history. As tools, the usefulness depends on the person who uses it. It is because of the pen that people living today have known what had happened in the past. Great people of the human history were able to contribute what we are today of then pen. Their knowledge and ideas have been written and passed on to many generations. In early times, the sword is used to enforce law. It symbolizes great power. It is used to rule kingdoms.
Posted by vhinz on 11-17-2017
A person with the philosophy that a pen is mightier than a sword will just jump in to answering this quickly, but I do believe that the both of them are essential and that one is not better than the other, I am phrasing this in the context of having to employ both commands at the same time. This is what am trying to say a sword can make someone sign with a pen out of fear, while a pen can cause someone to use the sword, just like the case of the battle at Waterloo they signed an agreement to fight to the death with both the pen and the sword.

The pen have signed so much contracts and awarded so many contracts, same with making the society much more better through the signed signatures made to develop the society, the pen also have created in us a sense of justice through written laws and the value of art through literatures of all sorts. We should not give the pen credits for all these first, before there was development and signing by pens to do, there have always been the sword it was the sword the propagate and still does privates the act of the pen, if a country who are not at peace with each other gets to be dealt with by one of their rivalries with a heavy blow, they are been forced to go through the pen in order to have a proper consensus and peace with their rivalries, in other words without the sword the pen won't exist or won't have existed.

This is my own opinion on this issue.
Posted by Adesuwa08 on 12-14-2017
This is probably one of the best comparisons i've read on this topic. I like the way you expained and potrayed both subjects in the manner of their advantages and disadvantages.

Both the pen and the sword have made some reallly great achievements and place a lifetime mark in our lives, so have they also made some negative impacts in the hiatory of man. Tjey are too many of their ups and downs to start calling times and names. If you think carefully you'll come up with a thousand things. I probably would say that both subjects are an equal match.
Posted by Rumu on 12-18-2017
I have never been a sword person though I know is a tool but it is associated more with violence, so I prefer the pen and I know the pen is mightier than the sword, so I go for the big one.The pen can be used to make and destroy albeit in a non-violence way though.I think pen is most useful than the sword and it can actually be used by all both big and small, young or old unless like the sword.
Posted by lovely on 01-06-2018
I have never been a sword person though I know is a tool but it is associated more with violence, so I prefer the pen and I know the pen is mightier than the sword, so I go for the big one.The pen can be used to make and destroy albeit in a non-violence way though.I think pen is most useful than the sword and it can actually be used by all both big and small, young or old unless like the sword.
Posted by lovely on 01-06-2018
The saying that the pen is mightier than the sword is just a saying and it is not meant to be taken literally especially in times of war and violence. In the olden days, soldiers lived by the sword just like now that they live by the guns. The sword is one practical weapon for defense and for attack. Both ways, it can save your life and defend your family from the enemy. What can the pen do in those times of distress? It is clear that the sword is mightier than the pen at all times especially during the ancient times when there were no bombs and guns.
Posted by Corzhens on 01-16-2018