Like a tortoise withdrawing five limbs into its shell, those who
Restrain the five senses in one life, will find safe shelter for seven.
Whatever you may fail to guard, guard well your tongue,
For flawed speech unfailingly invokes anguish and affliction.
By a single word of injury
Do all a man's virtues lose their goodness.
The wound caused by fire heals in its time;
The burn inflicted by an inflamed tongue never heals.