The pen is mightier than the sword

About: Wikipedia reference to the quote

True, This! --
Beneath the rule of men entirely great,
The pen is mightier than the sword. Behold
The arch-enchanters wand! -- itself a nothing! --
But taking sorcery from the master-hand
To paralyse the C├Žsars, and to strike
The loud earth breathless! -- Take away the sword --
States can be saved without it!
Edward Bulwer-Lytton (from the play Cardinal Richelieu) 1839
One would probably have to read the entire play to gain access to the context & possibly the truth behind these words.


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