I quite like Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s saying, “The pen is mightier that the sword”.

But is this really true?

I’m sure the worst you could do with a pen is┬ápoke me in the eye. Whereas a sword… now that can be dangerous!

So, what does the saying really mean? Could a page (or a screen) scattered with words be more powerful than the military might of an army?