soft answer turneth away wrath

soft answer turneth away wrath

Prov. If you speak softly and meekly to someone who is angry with you, that person will calm down. (Biblical.) It won't do any good for you to yell at John because he yelled at you. Remember that a soft answer turneth away wrath.
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References in classic literature ?
A soft answer turneth away wrath, and I suppressed my own feelings accordingly when it was my turn to reply.
Proverbs 15:1 reads: "A soft answer turneth away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger.
Nine times out of ten, a soft answer turneth away wrath, as the Good Book says.