I have seen purer liquors, better segars, finer tobacco, truer guns and pistols, larger dirks and bowie knives, and prettier courtesans here in San Francisco than in any other place I have ever visited; and it is my unbiased opinion that California can and does furnish the best bad things that are available in America.
Words can carry all the calibre of knives and guns. Don't think they don't. Their usefulness or value depends upon the character of the user, the nature of the intention and the accuracy of the aim. Think before you speak and speak with a clear and honorable purpose. Be kind when you should be kind, and when you shouldn't be kind, be calm.
When one contemplated Portia, when one contemplated Sharon, when one contemplated one's own apparently pointless, utterly trivial being, the questions hung all around one, as urgent as knives at the throat. But the instant one tried to grasp one of them and turn it to one's own purpose and pierce through the murk, it became blunt and useless as a piece of cardboard.