Thought for the week

Encouraging and engaging debate, discussion and discourse

Is the pen mightier than the sword?

Over the past few weeks our Year 9 students have been focusing on conflict and resolution. In both E.P.S. and History lessons they have widened their knowledge and understanding of warfare, terrorism and Just War Principles. So now we invite all our students and you to debate this pertinent topic. Is there another way to settle problems instead of resorting to violence? How far can we humans truly say we have come in civilization if we still resort to blowing each other up to get our own way?


The phrase was said to have originally been written by English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1839 for his play Richelieu.

What are the deeper meanings of the saying?

Many people have analysed this as meaning that the influence of literary works are far wider reaching than acts of violence. Literature can effect the thoughts and feelings of the masses long after it has been written. It can affect the opinions of more people than can the sword. How far do you agree with this analysis?