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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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Girls were easier to train; they did not waste time in retaliatory conversation; they were more careful; and they were much more likely to give "the soft answer that turneth away wrath.
Beyond the line of blue - The boundary of the star Which turneth at the view Of thy barrier and thy bar - Of the barrier overgone By the comets who were cast From their pride, and from their throne To be drudges till the last - To be carriers of fire(The red fire of their heart) With speed that may not tire And with pain that shall not part -
It establisheth faith; it kindleth charity; the outward peace of the church, distilleth into peace of conscience; and it turneth the labors of writing, and reading of controversies, into treaties of mortification and devotion.
Methinks thou art right," quoth Robin, "and, contrariwise, that when we kiss a pleasure that appeareth gay it turneth foul to us; is it not so, Little John?
An' so it is, Miss Grey, "a soft answer turneth away wrath; but grievous words stir up anger.
With breed of the yoked horse, the ploughshare turneth about.
A soft answer turneth away wrath, and I suppressed my own feelings accordingly when it was my turn to reply.
Commentary by Thomas Morley, England's preeminent writer on music, frequently places Byrd's practice in perspective, as in this description of the Fantasia: "a musician taketh a point at his pleasure and wresteth and turneth it as he list, making either much or little of it according as shall seem best in his own conceit" (p.
There's an ancient but still relevant insight into outrage: "A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
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.
This is the famous stone That turneth all to gold: For that which God doth touch and own Cannot for less be told.
The other motive Why to a public count I might not go Is the great love the general gender bear him, Who, dipping all his faults in their affection, Work like the spring that turneth wood to stone, Convert his gyres to graces; so that my arrows, Too slightly timbered for so loud a wind, Would have reverted to my bow again, But not where I had aimed them.
THE Lord loveth the righteous - but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.
The fine crystal is sooner crazed than the hard marble, the greenest Beech burneth faster then the driest Oak, the fairest silk is soonest soiled, and the sweetest wine turneth to the sharpest vinegar, the pestilence doth most rifest infect the clearest complection, and the Caterpiller cleaveth unto the ripest fruit, the most delicate wit is allured with small enticement unto vice, and most subject to yield unto vanity, if therefore thou do but harken to the Sirens, thou wilt be enamoured, if thou haunt their houses and places, thou shalt be enchanted.