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."
They aren't really contradictory.
If I see someone doing something, stands out more then someone writing about it...
Actions speak louder than words.
Thomas Paine's pen inspired people to take up the sword.
Words can mesmerize an inspire the masses.
The action of speaking those words will do that a thousand times over.
Words are just words, whether spoken or written. With action, words aren't needed.
Action is more true on an individual level, pen is more true on a cultural level.
Well.... Writing is a form of action.
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!!
Good one (thumbs up emoji)
The pen. Words are power.
Actions are more power. If someone says/writes one thing and does the opposite which do you believe from them?
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.
"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.
Sean Connery: "Penis mightier for 100 please, Trebek"
Love those skits!
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
Not a problem, Great minds think alike