I heard someone say that the Medrash states, “Words, like the ocean, can be stormy or calm. An evil mouth, like turbulent waves, can destroy and kill. A sharp tongue, like deep water, is feared. Good words, like pearls on the ocean floor, are precious…”

Does anyone happen to know where the source for this Medrash can found?

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    Where did you find this exact English quote? Was it in Artscroll's Wisdom in the Hebrew Alphabet?
    – Double AA
    Commented Aug 11, 2016 at 3:44

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Artscroll's Wisdom in the Hebrew Alphabet on the letter peh (page 184) quotes the Midrash Alpha Beisa as saying exactly your quote. I don't know where in the Sefer it is exactly, but it's in there somewhere. This Wikipedia article discusses the background of the Sefer and its author.

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