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What does the following quote mean?

Never trust your tongue when your heart is bitter.

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closed as off-topic by MετάEd, Janus Bahs Jacquet, phenry, RegDwigнt Feb 2 '14 at 13:03

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Literary interpretation is off topic. Is there a particular word or grammatical element in the quote which you are trying to ask about? – MετάEd Feb 1 '14 at 20:49
A modern paraphrase might be: Never click SEND until you first calm down. – J.R. Feb 2 '14 at 0:30
It’s somewhat similar to the Irish saying ’Tis often a man’s mouth broke his nose. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Feb 2 '14 at 11:07

It means when you are angry/upset/sad/etc. that you should be careful that you don't hurt others with your words. It is much more difficult to watch what you say when you are not doing well emotionally.

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It's also a nice play on sensation and body parts. The tongue is the organ that senses real bitterness. – John Lawler Feb 1 '14 at 23:30

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