“When you will not fly into a passion people know you are
stronger than they are, because you are strong enough to hold in your rage, and they are not, and they say stupid things they wish they hadn’t said afterward. There’s nothing so strong as rage, except what makes you hold it in–that’s stronger. It’s a good thing not to answer your enemies.”
—Sara Crewe, A Little Princess
Don’t answer a fool in terms of his folly, or you will be
descending to his level; but answer a fool as his folly deserves, so that he won’t think he is wise.
Anyone who thinks he is religiously observant but does not
control his tongue is deceiving himself, and his observance counts for nothing.