The stroke of the whip maketh marks in the flesh: but the stroke of the tongue breaketh the bones. Many have fallen by the edge of the sword: but not so many as have fallen by the tongue.

The Bible (14th C BC - 2nd C AD) Christian sacred scripture
Ecclesiasticus (Sirach) 28:21-22
Added on 2-Jun-08 | Last updated 10-Mar-10
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