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D00M
Posted: Wednesday, July 05, 2017 7:37:01 AM

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Hello respected teaches,

"One dull pencil is worth two sharp mind."

What's gist of the given quotation?
thar
Posted: Wednesday, July 05, 2017 7:52:44 AM

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This is a pun, contrasting the meaning of sharp and blunt when referring to a pencil with the meaning then referring to a mind.

The answers are in the definitions, although it doesn't specifically mention pencils. But they are like knives - they get blunt with use, and you sharpen them again.


sharp
adj. sharp·er, sharp·est
1. Having a thin edge or a fine point [suitable for or capable of cutting or piercing.]


4.
a. Intellectually penetrating; astute: was sharp in his analysis of the problem.


And the opposite, dull (or blunt - it is not a good pun.)
Dull
Not having a sharp edge or point; blunt: a dull knife.

4. Intellectually weak or obtuse; stupid.


Sharp is better than dull. Two is better than one. So how can you say one dull pencil is worth two sharp minds?

So, what is the power of even a dull pencil - what can you achieve when you write something?
D00M
Posted: Wednesday, July 05, 2017 8:18:46 AM

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thar wrote:


So, what is the power of even a dull pencil - what can you achieve when you write something?


I can keep it from getting forgotten/lost, right?
thar
Posted: Wednesday, July 05, 2017 9:23:48 AM

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Possibly.

Or you could change the world!


srirr
Posted: Thursday, July 06, 2017 1:55:28 AM

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The quotation says about power of writing or presentation. There can be different benefits.
It is good to have a sharp mind, but that may not always be reliable. One may forget something. It is better to write and preserve. This makes it permanent. Even if something is written with a 'dull pencil', the writing will remain. However, a thing kept in mind only may get missed.

Also, the things in mind are not known to others while a written text makes the sharing of knowledge a success. It is better to share than to keep it confined.




We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves. ~ Swami Vivekanand
thar
Posted: Thursday, July 06, 2017 2:28:55 AM

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On the positive side:
The pen is mightier than the sword.

In recent times we are seeing the negative reality of the power of the written word.
One false news story trending on social media can be more powerful than a hundred intelligent commentators telling you it is rubbish. If it is on the internet, it must be true.Whistle

Sayings like this are never literal. They are a metaphor for saying something else. 'A pencil' would mean writing, literature, propaganda.
They just chose a pencil because it fits the pun, as it can be sharp or dull. If you said 'facebook page' it really wouldn't work. Whistle
srirr
Posted: Thursday, July 06, 2017 2:45:11 AM

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Very true. The different sayings or phrases should not be taken or used at all the places. It should be contextual. Depending on the context and circumstances, one should use a particular saying, to defend/ support/ oppose some situation.

Like, a pen is mightier than a sword, but action speaks louder than words. Whistle

And of course, the misuse of something is more visible than the use.


We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves. ~ Swami Vivekanand
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