ANGER QUOTES V

quotations about anger

A mild answer calms wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

PROVERBS 15:1

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Anger is simply our way of reminding ourselves that we have a problem that needs attention.

FREDERIC LUSKIN, Forgive for Good

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Anger comes sometimes upon us, but we go oftener to it, and, instead of rejecting it, we invite it: Yet it is a vice that carries with it neither pleasure nor profit, neither honour nor security.

WELLINS CALCOTT, Thoughts Moral and Divine

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Men must beware that they carry their anger rather with scorn than with fear; so that they may seem rather to be above the injury than below it; which is a thing easily done, if a man will give law to himself in it.

FRANCIS BACON, "Of Anger"

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Anger is generally seen as an unwelcome presence in our midst, however natural it may be. Although each person, and each society, is charged with how anger is to be appropriately channeled, the denial of anger, or its continuous repression, is a deep source of our psychopathology and will invariably seek its expression in a less healthful fashion.

JAMES HOLLIS, Why Good People Do Bad Things

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If you vent anger with the object of spreading your toxic feelings, the result will have nothing to do with healing. Your anger is your weapon. On the other hand, if you release anger the way you'd expel a rock from your shoe, your intention clearly has healing behind it. Once the anger starts flowing, both of these alternatives might feel the same. Anger is anger. But if you have a healing intention, two things will happen: you will feel more peaceful after your anger has been released, and you will feel like an old, fixed belief in enemies and injustice has started to move.

DEEPAK CHOPRA, Peace Is the Way

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If the angry and revengeful person would only govern his passions and light the lamp of affection in his heart, that it might stream out in his features and actions, he would soon discover a wide difference in his communion with the world. A kind word, an obliging action, even if it be a trifling one, has a power superior to the harp of David in calming the billows of the soul.

NICIAS BALLARD COOKSEY, Helps to Happiness

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Anger may repast with you for an hour, but not repose with you for a night. The continuance of Anger, is hatred; the continuance of hatred becomes malice; that Anger is not warrantable that has suffered the sun to set on it.

WELLINS CALCOTT, Thoughts Moral and Divine

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Anger is the resentment of the animal, and gentle blood alone makes the gentleman.

AMOS BRONSON ALCOTT, Table Talk

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By all means give vent to your anger, let it out in nondestructive ways--if you are still deciding to have it. But begin to think of yourself as someone who can learn to think new thoughts when you are frustrated, so that the immobilizing anger can be replaced by more fulfilling emotions. Annoyance, irritation, and disappointment are feelings that you will very likely continue to experience, since the world will never be the way you want it. But anger, that hurtful emotional response to obstacles, can be eliminated.

WAYNE W. DYER, Your Erroneous Zones

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When your rage is choking you, it is best to say nothing.

OCTAVIA E. BUTLER, Fledgling

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Fire hath its force abated by water, not by wind; and anger must be allayed by cold words, and not by blustering threats.

ANNE BRADSTREET, Meditations Divine and Moral

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Like all passions, anger has degrees, ascending from slight vexation through deepening clouds to rage, and finally to fury, which is a black and horrible tempest. In its mid-region, where it is neither too little to be motive nor too furious to be ungovernable, it has usefulness. For all feeling is as fuel, and where there is none life has no fire, and then no flame of ascent.

JAMES VILA BLAKE, Essays

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I am angry nearly every day of my life, but I have learned not to show it; and I still try to hope not to feel it, though it may take me another forty years to do it.

LOUISA MAY ALCOTT, Little Women

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As a boy I used to observe certain grown-ups of my acquaintance with awe. They seemed to me to be wonderful people. Always they were kind and pleasant. And they were never patronizing, like some of the other grown-ups that I did not care for at all. I remember the shock I received when I saw one of those heroes of mine show anger. It was as if he had suddenly become a demon. Then I had my first realization of the extraordinary change that anger could create in a human being. I suppose that all children, consciously or unconsciously, go through the same experience. And yet, horrible as anger appears in their eyes, it doesn't keep them from showing anger themselves. On the contrary, it actually encourages them to express anger, according to nature's habit of teaching by imitation.

JOHN DANIEL BARRY, "Anger"

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We occasionally hear of "righteous anger." We mean anger that is justified by circumstances. But, in a sense, all anger is righteous. That is, all anger justifies itself in the mind of the person who feels the anger. In another sense, there is no such thing as righteous anger. For no anger can really justify itself.

JOHN DANIEL BARRY, "Anger"

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Sometimes anger is referred to as "temper." And among many people to have a temper is considered creditable. It is in some way associated with power. Here is a common confusion of thought. Good qualities associated with a bad quality are likely to confer the bad quality on a false character. On the other hand, bad qualities associated with a good quality may completely destroy respect for the good quality. The pride that people take in having a temper often leads them to shameful indulgence in anger. And repeated indulgence tends to destroy the capacity for self-control. As a matter of fact, nearly every one has a capacity for temper, that is, for anger. It is associated with all our deepest qualities, with egotism, the instinct for self-preservation and for self-assertion. Anger, after all, is very largely an arrogant and violent assertion of oneself. It is a gross expression of tyranny.

JOHN DANIEL BARRY, "Anger"

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Anger is one of the most destructive forces that men and women permit themselves to indulge. It is closely related to fear, but the conspicuous difference is that fear seems to be freezing or paralyzing in its nature, while anger is heating and consuming.

WALTER MATTHEWS, "Anger"

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Many circumstances arise in the experience of every one to excite anger, and doubtless the average man and woman has little idea of its destructive nature. No matter how great the aggravation no one is justified in indulging fits of anger. It never helps, but always hurts. Rage, fury, hate, wrath and revenge are extremely destructive. They not only injure the one against whom they are hurled, but react back against the individual who indulges them by exciting trouble and disease of various kinds in the body. They are intensely consuming, and the action in the body is very rapid. Anger often results in complications which may bring misery and unhappiness into the lives of relatives and friends. The conditions resulting from fits of anger may continue throughout the life of all the individuals affected by it.

WALTER MATTHEWS, "Anger"

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To seek to extinguish anger utterly, is but a bravery of the Stoics. We have better oracles: Be angry, but sin not. Let not the sun go down upon your anger. Anger must be limited and confined, both in race and in time. We will first speak how the natural inclination and habit to be angry, may be attempted and calmed. Secondly, how the particular motions of anger may be repressed, or at least refrained from doing mischief. Thirdly, how to raise anger, or appease anger in another. For the first; there is no other way but to meditate, and ruminate well upon the effects of anger, how it troubles man's life. And the best time to do this, is to look back upon anger, when the fit is thoroughly over. Seneca saith well, That anger is like ruin, which breaks itself upon that it falls. The Scripture exhorteth us to possess our souls in patience. Whosoever is out of patience, is out of possession of his soul.

FRANCIS BACON, "Of Anger"

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