Yahallo fellow readers. Often, we have come across these two proverbs. ‘A pen is mightier than a sword’ and ‘Actions speak louder than words’. Extremely contradicting statements, however, people use them excessively in literature. In relation to this, I’d like to ask, which one is more valid in day to day life? Let us look at both the views in this topic in my brief explanation. I want you to keep aside the actual core interpretation and look at this perspective 🙂
A Pen Is Mightier Than A Sword
English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton coined the phrase pen is mightier than a sword in 1839. It indicates that communication in written language, or in some interpretations, administrative power or advocacy of an independent press, is a more effective tool than direct violence. Whilst violence can be the aggravator to most of the impactful occurences in the world, they got under way through some form of convincing via thoughts. Words have the power of change and manipulation. They can easily convince a person that even a bad action is right, given the circumstances. In fact, sometimes, wordplay is an essential way to defuse situations, rather than go forth with a violent resolution. In the end, it will always, ultimately lead to a huge irreparable loss.
The truth is, writings and thoughts influence people more than the sword. Humans are vulnerable, easily even at the point of fear. Someone’s words can have an impression on their lives for a long time. If we were to compare the brutality of words and a sword on an emotional basis, the influence of words would be more brutal. They can effortlessly shape their will, however, they can just as easily destroy a person. Indeed, a sword can cause physical damage; but the emotional damage of words has long term repercussions.
Actions Speak Louder Than Words
We see the current incarnation of the phrase in A.M Davis’s Melancholy State of Province in 1736, “Actions speak louder than words, and are more regarded.”
Despite words having an irreparable impact on people, they hold no value unless supported with proper actions. It is very easy to say whatever we want, but when it comes to carrying out the actions, many people fail to hold true to their words. Often, I have seen people say innumerable atrocities, but when it comes to proving their point, they back down almost immediately. Consider this, would women have achieved rights whilst people hadn’t taken action? Politicians often promise to fulfill most of our demands, but as per their convenience, they forget it easily.
Kind words may have an effect on others, but in addition to that, kind actions are more valuable. Your actions correlate more to your beliefs and your conviction than what words could convey. Isn’t it true, we can never undo our actions, yet, we can break promises easily. We live in a world, where it is not uncommon to spin a web of lies for our own benefit. Then how can we be sure, that what an individual says is really what he believes in? Is it the truth? Only actions can define that. They are evidently far convincing than mere words. Words can never ensure the same credence as actions.
- Which phrase do you believe in more? Are words really as impactful or are actions more convincing?
- Do you tend to trust people more by their actions or by their words?