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Scattered Paper

Once upon a time, an old man spread rumors that his neighbor was a thief. As a result, the young man was arrested. Days later the young man was proven innocent. After being released, he sued the old man for wrongly accusing him.In court the old man told the Judge: “They were just comments, didn’t harm anyone.”The judge, before passing sentence on the case, told the old man: “Write all the things you said about him in a piece of paper. Cut them up and on the way home, throw the pieces of paper out. Tomorrow, come back to hear the sentence.”

Next day, the judge told the old man: “Before receiving the sentence, you will have to go out and gather all the pieces of paper that you threw out yesterday.”

The old man said: “I can’t do that! The wind spread them and I won’t know where to find them.”

The judge then replied: “The same way, simple comments may destroy the honor of a man to such an extent that one is not able to fix it. If you can’t speak well of someone, rather don’t say anything.

Let’s all be masters of our mouths, so that we won’t be slaves of our words.

~ Author Unknown

3 thoughts on “Scattered Paper

  1. So true. life and death are in the power of the tongue and I wonder why people loves to ruin other by spreading nasty things. Most often this kind of people where not really taught well be their parents such a pity many existed in this world. Like the saying “If you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all” so this should be heard by all those rumormongers and backbiters.
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  2. This is absolutely true. There is power in our words and we have to control our mouth on the words that are coming out. Prevention is better than trying to cure a seemingly permanent damage in reputation. A wise man is careful in his words.

  3. The words that comes out of our mouth never come back and theses words having the capability of ruining somebody’s life.So we always first weight our words and then speak them out from the mouth.