Speak quietly to everyone, and they too will

                              be gentle in their speech.

                    Harsh words hurt, and come back to

                              the speaker.

                    If your mind is still, like a broken gong,

                              you have entered nirvana, leaving all

                              quarrels behind you.

                    Patiently I shall bear harsh words as the

elephant bears arrows on the battlefield.

                    People are often inconsiderate.

                    Best are those who have trained their mind

                              to endure harsh words patiently.

                                                             — THE BUDDHA

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