Speech has power. Words do not fade. What starts out as a sound, ends in a deed. (Abraham Joshua Herschel, 20th-century Jewish theologian)

Words often come so easily and quickly that we don’t have our brain engaged soon enough to speak carefully and thoughtfully. Even when we do speak deliberately, we may not realize the influence our words can have now and even much later. Could we be responsible for what others do as a result of what they hear from us?

The heart of the godly thinks carefully before speaking; the mouth of the wicked overflows with evil words. (Proverbs 15:28)