There was a man who slandered a friend big time, all because of the envy he had for him and for the success he had reached.

After he repented of the ruin he brought with his calumnies on that friend, he visited a highly wise man to whom he said: “I want to fix all the evil I did to my friend, how can I do it?”

The man responded: “Take a sack full of small and light feathers and let one loose on any place you go.”

The man very happy for that so easy thing took the sack full of feathers and at the end of one day he had turned them all loose.

He returned to the sage and said: “I have finished.” 

To this the sage answered: “That is the easiest part.  Now you have to go back to fill the sack with the same feathers you’ve let loose.  Go to the road and search for them.”

The man felt very sad since he knew what that meant and could not find any of the feathers.  When returning, the wise man said to him: “As you could not get again the feathers which flew with the wind, likewise the evil you did flew from mouth to mouth and the damage is already done. Slander means saying something that is untrue about another person that hurts their reputation.  People spread rumors and bad news as fast as feathers blow in the wind.  The news spreads whether it is true or false, and it can never be taken back.”


A little girl was talking to her teacher about whales.  The teacher said that, “it was physically impossible that a whale swallowed a human being because even though it was a very big mammal its throat was too small.”  The girl affirmed that Jonah had been swallowed by a whale.

Irritated the teacher repeated that a whale could not swallow any human being; physically it was impossible. 

The little girl said: “When I arrive to Heaven I will ask Jonah.”

The teacher asked her: “And what happens if Jonah went to Hell?”

The girl answered her: “Then it should be you who should ask him.”


“wisdom whispers, foolishness shouts”