"He who is slow to anger has great understanding,
but he who is quick-tempered exalts folly."
The one who "flies off the handle" is sure to make a crash landing.
"A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger."
You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.
Stirring "road apples" only raises a stink.
Fanning the flames will not make the fire go out.
"A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but the slow to
anger pacifies contention."
It's hard to become embroiled in a dispute when one throws cold water on it.
There's often plenty of fuel for a fire--so don't light a match.
"Do not answer a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like him. Answer a fool as his folly deserves, lest he be wise in his own eyes."
Don't dignify a foolish question with a serious response.
Never wrestle with a pig because you both get muddy, but the pig loves it.