December 19, 2009

“The pen is mightier than the sword” – unless you’re protesting health care legislation


FAMOUS QUOTE:

“Beneath the rule of men entirely great,
The pen is mightier than the sword.”

       Edward George Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873)
       British politician, author and playwright
       In his play Richelieu (1839)


CONSERVATIVE COUNTERQUOTE:

“We cannot allow the pen to be mightier than the sword!”
       Steve Lonegan
       Senior Policy Director, “Americans for Prosperity”
       Speaking against the Democrats’ health care legislation at a Dec. 15, 2009 “Tea Party” protest


STEWART COUNTER-COUNTERQUOTE:

“And, that is why, today, I’ve written my speech with my sword, and...We can’t let the pen be mightier than the sword [!?!] — because that’s ONLY THE BASIS OF OUR CIVILIZATION!
       Jon Stewart
       Commenting on Lonegan’s quote
       On The Daily Show, Dec. 16, 2009


THE PUNNIEST COUNTERQUOTE:

“The pun is mightier than the sword.”
       Language maven Richard Lederer
       In his book Get Thee to a Punnery (1988)

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