Why don't people like to remain silent when others insult them? Because they're afraid that others might think they're weak and unable to answer back.
The truth is, it takes much greater strength to remain silent when someone insults you. Revenge, on the other hand, is a sign of weakness. A revenger lacks the necessary strength of character to forgive.
(Rabbi Yerachmiel Shulman; Ketzais Ha'shemesh Big'vuraso, p.42; Rabbi Pliskin's "Gateway to Happiness," p. 302)
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