When a wise person is insulted, he acts as if he doesn't know that anything's been said. He acts toward the insult like a deaf person who does not hear and a mute who cannot speak. He walks away as if nothing happened. He does not repeat the incident to anyone.
On the other hand, people who respond to insults - or even worse, tell others how someone insulted them - cause themselves humiliation.
Learning to ignore insults is a valuable skill. Mentally prepare yourself in advance to act as if you are totally deaf when it comes to hearing insults.
(see Vilna Gaon - Proverbs 12:16; Rabbi Pliskin - "Consulting the
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