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The Pen is Mightier Than the Sword

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The Pen is Mightier Than the Sword

   
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Meaning and History
The Pen is Mightier Than the Sword

This idiom was first documented in a script for a play by English playwright Edward Bulwer-Lytton, though variations with the same meaning have been documented as early as 1602 (by Shakespeare) and 1796 by Thomas Jefferson. It means that communication or persuasion is more powerful than warfare in solving problems or changing the world.

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