Be careful what you think. Thoughts become words. (Lao-Tzu, ancient Chinese philosopher)

Lao-Tzu continues “Be careful of what you say. Words turn into actions [which] become your habits, [which] become your character” (paraphrased). Speaking before we think happens too frequently for all of us. Ideas or responses pop into our minds, and we blurt them out, sometimes to the harm of ourselves and others. We should learn to be quick to think but slow to speak.

The heart of the godly thinks carefully before speaking. (Proverbs 15:28)