Trying to stop someone from insulting you, by insulting him back, is like trying to put out a fire by throwing oil on it.
If you insult someone who insults you, he will continue insulting you, even more vigilantly and viciously. If, however, you remain silent to an insult, the person will have said what he wanted and will stop.
(Keser Chochmah 11:24; Erech Apayim, p.53; Rabbi Pliskin's "Gateway to Happiness," p.302)
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