Think Before You Speak
“All that we are is the result of what we have thought:
it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts.
If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him,
as the wheel follows the foot of the ox that draws the carriage.”
“A man is but the product of his thoughts; what he thinks, he becomes.”
“Nothing’s either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”
This world is wrought with naught but thought.
~ Ron Rattner, Sutra Sayings
The thought manifests as the word.
The word manifests as the deed.
The deed develops into the habit.
The habit hardens into the character.
The character gives birth to the destiny.
So, watch your thoughts with care
And let them spring from love
Born out of respect for all beings.
~ The Buddha, as paraphrased by Mahagosananda