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mighty oaks from little acorns grow

Large and powerful things once were very small and insignificant. It's hard to believe that her successful clothing line was once a small business run from her tiny studio apartment. Mighty oaks from little acorns grow.
See also: acorn, grow, little, mighty, oak

the pen is mightier than the sword

Strong, eloquent, or well-crafted speech or writing is more influential on a greater number of people than force or violence. Through his hugely popular online campaign, the writer has harnessed the voices of millions of people to have the government stop its violent intervention in the region, proving that the pen truly is mightier than the sword.
See also: mighty, pen, sword

high and mighty

Haughty and scornful. How can you act so high and mighty after all the mistakes you've made?
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Great oaks from little acorns grow, and Mighty oaks from little acorns grow.

Prov. Immense things can come from small sources. Don't tell lies, not even small ones. Great oaks from little acorns grow.
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Fig. self-important and arrogant. I don't know why William is so high-and-mighty. He's no better than the rest of us. The boss acts high-and-mighty because he can fire us all.

How the mighty have fallen.

Prov. a jovial or mocking way of remarking that someone is doing something that he or she used to consider very demeaning. Jill: Ever since Fred's wife left him, he has had to cook his own meals. Jane: Well! How the mighty have fallen! When Dan lost his money, he had to sell his expensive sports car. Now he drives an ugly old sedan. How the mighty have fallen.
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pen is mightier than the sword

Prov. Eloquent writing persuades people better than military force. Believing that the pen is mightier than the sword, the rebels began publishing an underground newspaper. Alan: Why do you want to become a journalist? Bill: The pen is mightier than the sword.
See also: mighty, pen, sword

reed before the wind lives on, while mighty oaks do fall

Prov. An insignificant, flexible person is more likely not to get hurt in a crisis than a prominent or rigid person. Our office has new managers now; I plan to be as inconspicuous as possible while they reorganize everyone. A reed before the wind lives on, while mighty oaks do fall.

high and mighty

Conceited, haughty, as in She was too high and mighty to make her own bed. This expression originally alluded to high-born rulers and was being transferred to the merely arrogant by the mid-1600s.
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high and mighty

1 important and influential. 2 thinking or acting as though you are more important than others; arrogant. informal
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the pen is mightier than the sword

writing is more effective than military power or violence. proverb
See also: mighty, pen, sword

ˌhigh and ˈmighty

(informal) behaving as though you think you are more important than other people: He’s too high and mighty to mix with ordinary people like us!
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the ˌpen is ˌmightier than the ˈsword

(saying) people who write books, poems, etc. have a greater effect on history and human affairs than soldiers and wars
Mightier means ‘stronger’ or ‘more powerful’.
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Moreover, all of Soliman's estates, reputation, and mightiness collapse.
That means the parties, besides exhibiting their mightiness through arms and ammunition in the rallies and conventions and the bloody feuds stealthily played in the streets, have taken time out to use the power of speech by using social media.
He described an officer, "a great patriot" who spoke "with unfeigned enthusiasm of the mightiness of Russia and with great scorn about the Germans and the English whom he had never seen in his life.
23) The threat of this appeal may allow a weaker actor to induce a stronger one to remain in a voluntary bargaining position, alleviating any worry that an actor's superior mightiness should make him proverbially right.
A mountain of mightiness, the 17,000ft high holy volcano of Damavand is the Middle East's highest point and Asia's highest volcano.
It was their love of this beautiful goodness, I like to think, more than fear of the native mightiness of Lincoln, that brought the boys to reason, in that wild, murderous moment, against the pull of their most unruly passions.
Anyway, I dug it out, potted the infant, nurtured it, watched, waited - as you do with oaks - and now have a healthy, strapping youngster with a lovely, knobbly bole, a fine leaf canopy and all the makings of mightiness.
Washington Post: He saw journalism as a calling, like later reporters who took him as a model in the mightiness of their efforts, writes Henry Allen.
As a counterpoint to urban conflict, Through the Eyes celebrated the antimodern, experiential spaces of hobo life on the road; travelling gave tramps the opportunity of "seeing the beauty and mightiness of the world.
mightiness of old, Albion's tactics were based on two principles .
The speculative big-bang hypothesis therefore seems absurd and way beyond rational science, since General Relativity has meaning only in application to a finite physical space of known and observable contents of masses and energy, while the Universe is for all reasons of an infinite mightiness beyond some apparent limit of observation, and when the idea of the Newtonian gravitational factor G as an universal constant cannot be upheld.
Later called the "Mighty Fairmont," Her Mightiness disappeared entirely in 1916.
Equivalent to the best of any premium winery's reserve efforts, this red wine elicits a sort of restrained mightiness, where initial flavors seem to linger forever past swallowing; a lovely wine that deserves a special occasion.
Introduce students to some suggested titles for the first elected leader of the United States: His Excellency, His Highness, His Serene Highness, His High Mightiness.
Surrounded by the mightiness of nature, the small human element attracts the viewer's particular attention.