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Quotations about Anger

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

Though just be your Anger, restrain it, my Brother;
Why punish Yourself for the Fault of Another?
~Arthur Guiterman, "Of Anger," A Poet's Proverbs, 1924

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

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

Never go to bed mad — stay up and fight. ~Phyllis Diller, "How To Reconcile the Bank Statement and Your Husband And Other Ugly Problems," 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

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,

If a small thing has the power to make you angry, does that not indicate something about your size? ~Sydney J. Harris, Publishers-Hall Syndicate, as quoted by The Reader's Digest, 1974

I took Revenge, for I had suffered long,
And my small Right became enormous Wrong.
~Arthur Guiterman, "Of Wrath," A Poet's Proverbs, 1924

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, unverified

It is foolish to say sharp, hasty things, but 't is a deal more foolish to write 'em. 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 and compassion are not too far apart, and whenever possible, spent anger should give way to compassion. ~Ernest Hemingway, as quoted in A. E. Hotchner, The Good Life According To Hemingway, 2008

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

Calm yourself... The great thing is to keep the head cool when the blood burns. ~Marie Corelli (Mary Mills Mackay)

Do you know that every time you give way to anger you throw some of the most important of your physical organs out of gear, and thus lessen your efficiency and endanger your health? ~H. Addington Bruce, Nerve Control and How to Gain It, 1918

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

When glad, we owe the world our joy; when mad, we owe it our self-control. ~William Arthur Ward, Thoughts of a Christian Optimist, 1968

The best answer to anger is silence. ~German proverb

Temper destroys more homes than termites. ~Arnold H. Glasow (1905–1999)

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

Stinging whips, each syllable that crackles from our lips—
Words flung in anger as mighty pent up dynamite
Words cut by a madman's ax; words brittle with ice
Words pointed, barbed with sleet and torn of branch
Words that cascade, ricochet, split, and fall in avalanche
~Lew Sarett, "Words," Slow Smoke, 1925  [modified —tg]

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]

The man who is never angry is less than a man. Wrath is sometimes a virtue... Do not teach your children never to be angry; teach them how to be angry... ~"The Grace of Anger," in The Christian Union, 1884, Lyman Abbott & Hamilton W. Mabie, editors

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

There was no good reason for me to be angry but my body was filled with it... ~Katherine Paterson, Jacob Have I Loved, 1980

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, "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

As Ruffled Lakes distort whatever kinds
Of things they mirror, so do Ruffled Minds.
~Arthur Guiterman, "Of Wrath," A Poet's Proverbs, 1924

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, 1963

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,

Hold your Wrath One Moment brief
Save a Hundred Days of Grief.
~Arthur Guiterman, "Of Wrath," A Poet's Proverbs, 1924

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

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

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, Very British Problems: Making Life Awkward for Ourselves, One Rainy Day at a Time, 2013,

When angry, count ten, before you speak; if very angry, an hundred. ~Thomas Jefferson, 1825

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

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

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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