This proverb compares the long-suffering person, who shows forbearance in the face of an offense, with the short-tempered person, who is carried away by his emotions. The difference between the two is revealed by the end result. The long-suffering person gains understanding from the situation and the short-tempered person comes to realize that he has chosen the path of foolishness because his behavior is ultimately self-destructive.
News Item 122. Mishlei 14-29 (Forbearance)