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Kay41 July 1st, 2013 2:12pm

Which of these two contradictory quotes do you think is more true?: "The pen is mightier than the sword." OR "Actions speak louder than words."

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mikeey1962 on SOH where else
07/01/13 3:02 pm

If I see someone doing something, stands out more then someone writing about it...

Ariella LovePeaceNHappiness
07/01/13 1:38 pm

Actions speak louder than words.

leary Dulag Luft
07/01/13 10:22 am

Thomas Paine's pen inspired people to take up the sword.

Kris Humidity Central
07/01/13 9:31 am

Words can mesmerize an inspire the masses.

The action of speaking those words will do that a thousand times over.

EarlyBird Portland
07/01/13 8:22 am

Words are just words, whether spoken or written. With action, words aren't needed.

Angela12 Anyang, South Korea
07/01/13 8:22 am

Action is more true on an individual level, pen is more true on a cultural level.

PAK the Armpit of Florida
07/01/13 8:08 am

Well.... Writing is a form of action.

dawl adulting
07/01/13 8:04 am

One of my fave quotes says " what you do speaks so loudly that I can't hear what you are saying" So you know what I picked!!

07/01/13 10:11 am

Good one (thumbs up emoji)

r3VOLution not of this world
07/01/13 9:50 am

Actions are more power. If someone says/writes one thing and does the opposite which do you believe from them?

raccoon1 SoCal
07/01/13 7:53 am

They don't seem contradictory. Ideas expressed well in writing and art strongly affect culture. Behavior expresses the heart and is powerful to convey true intent . Doesn't seem like an either/ or scenario.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
07/01/13 7:53 am

"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me" pretty much sticks a fork in the first one. But actions, a person's true history and record, clearly do speak volumes more than their rhetoric or self-promotional resumé.

r3VOLution not of this world
07/01/13 7:46 am

Sean Connery: "Penis mightier for 100 please, Trebek"

TopsQueen Oregon Coast
07/01/13 7:27 am

They are both strong but I would say the word, it's longer-lasting as a rule. I will say though when we're in the Smithsonian and I saw "the lunch counter" it really moved me. It did not impress my children though. Good question spoken like a teacher

07/01/13 7:18 am

Not a problem, Great minds think alike