"Look also at ships:
although they are so large
and are driven by fierce winds,
they are turned by a very small rudder
wherever the pilot desires."
Rabbi Joseph Telushkin comments: Over the past decade, whenever I have lectured throughout the country on the powerful, and often negative, impact of words, I have asked audiences if they can go for twenty-four hours without saying any unkind words about, or to, anybody. Invariably, a minority of listeners raise their hands signifying yes, some laugh, and quite a large number call out, no! I respond by saying, "Those who can't answer yes must recognize that you have a serious problem. If you cannot go for twenty-four hours without smoking, you are addicted to nicotine. If you cannot go twenty-four hours without a drink, you're most likely an alcoholic. Similarly, if you cannot go for twenty-four hours without saying unkind words about others, then you have lost control over your tongue."
“He who guards his lips guards his life,
but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.”
(Proverbs 13:3 NIV)
"A turtle lays thousands of eggs without anyone knowing,
but when the hen lays an egg, the whole country is informed."
"I have never been hurt by anything I didn't say."
“He who answers a matter before he hears it,
It is folly and shame to him.”
"It would be better to leave people wondering why you didn't talk
than why you did.
When all is said and done,
there's a lot more said than done."
"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool
than to open your mouth and remove all doubt."