Someone who insults or curses others really insults himself. A person of good character would not insult anyone. Whenever someone insults you, he is publicizing his own faults.
Realize that it is not necessary to reply to insults, because the person has merely insulted himself.
(Ksav Sofer in Chut Ha'meshulash; Rabbi Pliskin's "Gateway to Happiness," pp.297-8)
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