In the long run, the sharpest weapon of all is a kind and gentle spirit. (Anne Frank, diarist)

We’re all subject to the motivations of our human nature, so we often respond to hurt or embarrassment with a quick physical or oral retort. Or we try to outdo one another with a sharp weapon or tongue. Young Anne Frank’s comment is a helpful reminder that such action just initiates an unhealthy cycle that is hurtful to both parties.

A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare. (Proverbs 15:1)