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Every one who is angry with his brother shall be in danger of the judgment;
and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council;
and whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of the hell of fire.

-- St. Matt. v. 22 (R.V.).

Nothing so stills the elephant when enraged as the sight of a lamb;
nor does anything break the force of a cannon-ball so well as wool.
Correction given in anger, however tempered by reason,
never has so much effect as that which is given altogether without anger;
for the reasonable soul, being naturally subject to reason,
it is a tyranny which subjects it to passion,
and whereinsoever reason is led by passion
it becomes odious, and its just rule obnoxious.

-- St. Francis of Sales, The Devout Life, viii.

-- Wisdom of the Desert


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