The immortal words below were taken from Will Carleton’s story/poem: The First Settler’s Story. My mother loved this poem and lived by these words. They are words well worth heeding. Bite your tongue, take a walk, do whatever it takes…Words have the power of life and death. Be careful what you say, you can’t get them back, once they’re said.
Boys flying kites haul in their white-winged birds;
You can’t do that when you’re flying words.
‘Careful with fire,’ is good advice, we know:
‘Careful with words,’ is ten times doubly so.
Thoughts unexpressed may sometimes fall back dead;
But God himself can‘t kill them once they’re said.