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Harmful is all Harsh Speech, which grows only Conflict & Hostility!

Once in Savatthi the Blessed Buddha said this:
What, householder friends, is the Dhamma explanation befitting for oneself?
Here, householder friends, any Noble Disciple reflects thus: If someone were to
to address me with harsh speech, abusive, aggressive, offensive, ruthless & bitter,
that would neither be pleasing nor agreeable to me. Similarly, if I were to address
another with harsh speech, abusive, aggressive, offensive, ruthless & bitter, that
would neither be pleasing, nor agreeable, nor acceptable to that other being either!
What is displeasing and disagreeable to me, is also displeasing and disagreeable
to any other being too. How can I harm & hurt another being with what provoke
annoy and exasperate myself? Having reflected repeatedly thus, then gradually:
1: He/she will carefully avoid all harsh, abusive, aggressive, & offensive speech...
2: He/she will persuade others also to abstain from all insulting & malign speech...
3: He/she will praise speaking only kind and gentle words worth remembering...
In this very way, is this advantageous verbal behaviour purified in 3 aspects!!

Buddha once noted:
Beings are born with an axe in their mouth by which they cut their own future down...

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya. [V:355]
section 55: Sotāpattisamyutta. Thread 7: To the people at the Bamboo gate...

One should never harm other beings by Hurting them with Harsh Speech!

More on not whipping by speech, not stabbing with dagger-like words:

And on Right Speech (Sammā Vācā):

Avoid all Harsh & Aggressive Speech!

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