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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:2142
AUTHOR:Robert Burton (1577–1640)
QUOTATION:Hinc quam sic calamus sævior ense, patet. The pen worse than the sword. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Anatomy of Melancholy. Part i. Sect. 2, Memb. 4, Subsect. 4.
 
Note 1.
Tant la plume a eu sous le roi d’avantage sur l’épée (So far had the pen under the king the superiority over the sword).—Saint Simon: Mémoires, vol. iii. p. 517 (1702), ed. 1856.

The pen is mightier than the sword.—Edward Bulwer Lytton: Richelieu, act ii. sc. 2. [back]
 

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