careless word may kindle strife. The cruel word usually wrecks a life.
Timely words help level
but it’s the loving words that heal
and bless. Let's be
careful of the words we say, keep them soft and sweet; we never know
from day to day, which words we’ll have to eat. We could learn from the
following wisdom inspired by the writings of an unknown writer.
If some bit of gossip
comes, file the thing away; if a scandalous, spicy crumb, file the thing
away; if suspicion comes to you that your neighbor is not true, let me
tell you what to do,--file the thing away. Do this for a little while,
then go out and burn the file.
Gossip is like mud
thrown on a clean wall. It may not stick but it always leaves a dirty
mark. Believe not half you
hear; repeat not half you believe; when you hear an evil report, halve
it, then quarter it, and say nothing about the rest of it.
Beware of a half-truth
--you may have gotten the wrong half. Rumor is the most buoyant thing
there is. It is easy to float one and hard to sink it.
Gossip is one form of
crime for which the law provides no punishment. The slanderer differs
from the assassin only in that he murders the reputation instead of the
The critical tongue
gets its orders from an untrained eye, an unthoughtful mind, and an
You'll never move up
if you're continually running somebody down. It is well to remember that
mansions in the sky cannot be built out of the mud thrown at others. A
critical spirit comes from self-righteousness! If you know you're a mess
yourself, you don't go around criticizing other people for their
mistakes, but if you think you're so righteous, that's when you start
picking on other people.
"I will speak ill of
no man, not even in a matter of truth, but rather excuse the fault I
hear, and upon proper occasions, speak all the good I know of
everybody." Benjamin Franklin
By Tim Pedrosa
is like a river...It can always be traced back to its source.
lot of trouble in this world is caused by combining a narrow mind with a
fallen by the edge of the sword but not as many as by the tongue.