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Quotations about Anger

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My dear, don't let the sun go down upon your anger; forgive each other, help each other, and begin again to‑morrow. ~Louisa May Alcott, Little Women, "Jo Meets Apollyon," 1868

If a small thing has the power to make you angry, does that not indicate something about your size? ~Sydney J. Harris

There is nothing more galling to angry people than the coolness of those on whom they wish to vent their spleen. ~Alexandre Dumas

Life is too short to hold a grudge, also too long. ~Robert Brault,

He who angers you conquers you. ~Elizabeth Kenny

For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness. ~Author unknown

Anger is one letter short of danger. ~Author unknown

Long tongues and short tempers are usually mated. ~Minna Thomas Antrim (1861–1950), Knocks Witty, Wise and —, 1905

Anger ventilated often hurries toward forgiveness; and concealed often hardens into revenge. ~Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

Get mad, then get over it. ~Colin Powell

The world needs anger. The world often continues to allow evil because it isn't angry enough. ~Bede Jarrett

Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight. ~Phyllis Diller, Phyllis Diller's Housekeeping Hints, 1966

Where there is anger, there is always pain underneath. ~Eckhart Tolle

Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured. ~Baptist Beacon

Under certain circumstances, urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer. ~Mark Twain

Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die. ~Malachy McCourt

Take no revenge that you have not pondered beneath a starry sky, or on a canyon overlook, or to the lapping of waves and the mewing of a distant gull. ~Robert Brault,

I dipped my pen in gall and it composed a foolish, bitter letter, for which I beg a thousand pardons. ~Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, Marquise de Sévigné, 1670

Never write a letter while you are angry. ~Chinese proverb

Always write angry letters to your enemies. Never mail them. ~James Fallows

When a man sends you an impudent letter, sit right down and give it back to him with interest ten times compounded, and then throw both letters in the wastebasket. ~Elbert Hubbard

If you kick a stone in anger, you'll hurt your own foot. ~Korean proverb

Anger as soon as fed is dead –
'Tis starving makes it fat –
~Emily Dickinson, 1881

Not the fastest horse can catch a word spoken in anger. ~Chinese proverb

Laughter is a feather. Anger is stone. ~Terri Guillemets, "Be Light," 1998

ANGER always hurts me worse than it does the fellow I'm mad at. ~Josh Billings, revised by H. Montague

Anger and worry are caused by phantoms that we create within ourselves and whose only strength is that with which we endow them. ~Horace Fletcher, Menticulture, 1895

No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched. ~George Jean Nathan

Anger is short-lived madness. ~Horace

Frustration is nothing more than letting your own mind bully you. ~Terri Guillemets

Anger and jealousy can no more bear to lose sight of their objects than love. ~George Eliot

Before you give someone a piece of your mind, make sure you can get by with what is left. ~Author unknown

Anger's my meat; I sup upon myself,
And so shall starve with feeding.
~William Shakespeare, Coriolanus, c.1607  [IV, 2, Volumnia]

If you're angry at a loved one, hug that person. And mean it. You may not want to hug — which is all the more reason to do so. It's hard to stay angry when someone shows they love you, and that's precisely what happens when we hug each other. ~Walter Anderson, The Confidence Course, 1997

When I get mad, I stop being mad and be awesome instead. ~Internet meme

The taste
~Alice Walker, from "The Taste of Grudge," Hard Times Require Furious Dancing, 2010

Anger and worry are the most unprofitable conditions known to man. They are like thieves that steal precious time and energy from life. Anger is a highway robber and worry is a sneak thief. ~Horace Fletcher, Menticulture, 1895  [a little altered —tg]

Do not teach your children never to be angry; teach them how to be angry. ~Lyman Abbott

Anger is smoke, revenge a consuming fire. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897

people are strange: they are constantly angered by
trivial things,
but on a major matter
totally wasting their lives,
they hardly seem to
~Charles Bukowski (1920–1994)

Don't let your anger take the shape of fists. ~Terri Guillemets, "Rather, shape a delightful morning," 2007

Anger blows out the lamp of the mind. ~Robert G. Ingersoll

Get angry, get furious but never crumble to resentment. ~Dodinsky

All of the evil passions are traceable to one of two roots. Anger is the root of all the aggressive passions. Worry is the root of all the cowardly passions.... It is not necessary to engage in battle the small army of lesser passions if you concentrate your efforts against anger and worry, for they are all children of these parents. ~Horace Fletcher, Menticulture, 1895

Good resolutions are seldom made in anger. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882

Frustration is anger caged in impatience. ~Terri Guillemets

Sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel. ~Author unknown

Spite is never lonely; envy always tags along. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

At the core of all anger is a need that is not being fulfilled. ~Marshall B. Rosenberg

Anger and folly walk cheek by jole; repentance treads on both their heels. ~Benjamin Franklin

Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one. ~Benjamin Franklin

The velocity of anger.
The tardiness of gratitude.
~Dr. SunWolf,

Temper tantrums, however fun they may be to throw, rarely solve whatever problem is causing them. ~Lemony Snicket

If you are patient in a moment of anger, you will escape one hundred days of sorrow. ~Chinese proverb

They teach that he who hates shall be hated, and that the one who gets angry shall be punished by anger, and that all sin is punished by it and not for it. ~"Sin," Health Magazine, December 1905

Anger and worry are the rankest forms of Egotism. ~Horace Fletcher, Menticulture, 1895

If you get upset when the toast burns, what are you going to do when your house burns down? ~Author unknown

I don't have to attend every argument I'm invited to. ~Author unknown

Hatred is like a poison which you inject into your veins, before injecting it into your enemy. It is throwing cow dung at another: you dirty your hands first, before you dirty others. ~Buddhist Missionary Society

Malice drinks one-half of its own poison. ~Seneca

Anything done in anger can be done better without it. ~Dallas Willard

Anger is a killing thing: it kills the man who angers, for each rage leaves him less than he had been before — it takes something from him. ~Louis L'Armour

Never strike your wife — even with a flower. ~Hindu proverb

If you speak when angry, you’ll make the best speech you’ll ever regret. ~Groucho Marx

Changing from ‘kind regards’ to just ‘regards’, to indicate that you’re rapidly reaching the end of your tether. ~Rob Temple, @SoVeryBritish, Very British Problems: Making Life Awkward for Ourselves, One Rainy Day at a Time, 2013

When angry, count four; when very angry, swear. ~Mark Twain

Anger makes your life — and your body — off-key. All bitter emotions do. ~Terri Guillemets, "A turning trial by fire," 1999

Anger is a bad counselor. ~French proverb

Resentment is an extremely bitter diet, and eventually poisonous. I have no desire to make my own toxins. ~Neil Kinnock

The worst-tempered people I've ever met were people who knew they were wrong. ~Wilson Mizner

To carry a grudge is like being stung to death by one bee. ~William H. Walton

Two things a man should never be angry at: What he can help, and what he cannot help. ~Thomas Fuller

The best remedy for a short temper is a long walk. ~Jacqueline Schiff

Next time you're mad, try dancing out your anger. ~Terri Guillemets, "Boom box philosophies," 1992

Consider how much more you often suffer from your anger and grief, than from those very things for which you are angry and grieved. ~Marcus Antonius

We can never drown anger and worry; yet, if let alone, they drown themselves. ~Horace Fletcher, Menticulture, 1895  [a little altered —tg]

Lessons from jealousy and anger: sometimes the poison-keeper gets poisoned. ~Terri Guillemets

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