‘The pen is mightier than the sword’, goes the famous saying. It was written by Edward Bulwer-Lytton in his play Cardinal Richelieu, and his main character goes on to say ‘Take away the sword; states can be saved without it!’
How potent all the images of people holding up pencils and pens in response to last week’s atrocities in Paris have been. I was also very moved by the words used by this young man, as reported in today’s Guardian.
These quotes too are compelling reminders of the vital importance of reading and writing:
‘Our books and our pens are the most powerful weapons.’ Malala Yousafzai
‘Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.’ Neil Gaiman
‘Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.’ Frederick Douglas
‘Reading for pleasure is not a luxury: it’s medicine for the soul.’ Nicola Morgan