Anybody can become angry — that is easy; but to be angry with the right person, and to the right degree, and at the right time, and for the right purpose, and in the right way — that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy.
Every action must be due to one or other of seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reasoning, anger, or appetite.
How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.
~ Marcus Aurelius
To seek to extinguish Anger 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.
~ Francis Bacon
Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.
~ Ambrose Bierce
When anger rises, think of the consequences.
Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.
~ William Congreve
So that, thus it is that natural men are held in the hand of God, over the pit of hell; they have deserved the fiery pit, and are already sentenced to it; and God is dreadfully provoked, his anger is as great towards them as to those that are actually suffering the executions of the fierceness of his wrath in hell, and they have done nothing in the least to appease or abate that anger, neither is God in the least bound by any promise to hold them up one moment; the devil is waiting for them, hell is gaping for them, the flames gather and flash about them, and would fain lay hold on them, and swallow them up; the fire pent up in their own hearts is struggling to break out: and they have no interest in any Mediator, there are no means within reach that can be any security to them. In short, they have no refuge, nothing to take hold of; all that preserves them every moment is the mere arbitrary will, and uncovenanted, unobliged forbearance of an incensed God.
~ Jonathan Edwards, in Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God
The dying Jesus is the evidence of God’s anger towards sin; but the living Jesus is the proof of God’s love and forgiveness.
~ Lorenz Eifert
For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
We boil at different degrees.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, in Society and Solitude
When you are offended at any man’s fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings. Then you will forget your anger.
Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one.
~ Benjamin Franklin
Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.
~ Benjamin Franklin, in Poor Richard’s Almanac
Two things a man should never be angry at: What he can help, and what he cannot help.
~ Thomas Fuller
A wonderful emotion to get things moving when one is stuck is anger. It was anger more than anything else that had set me off, roused me into productivity and creativity.
~ Mary Garden
I never learned to swear. When a boy I seemed to have an aversion to it, and when I became a man I saw the folly of it. I have always noticed, too, that swearing helps to rouse a man’s anger; and when a man flies into a passion his adversary who keeps cool always gets the better of him.
~ Ulysses S. Grant, quoted in Cigars, Whiskey, and Winning Leadership Lessons, p. 9
Disappointment is anger for wimps.
~ House, in the House episode “Wilson”
When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.
~ Thomas Jefferson
If a small thing has the power to make you angry, does that not indicate something about your size?
~ Sydney J. Harris
Grab the broom of anger and drive off the beast of fear.
~ Zora Neale Hurston
In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.
~ Lee Iacocca
Anger is a wind which blows out the lamp of the mind.
~ Robert G Ingersoll
Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.
~ Thomas a Kempis
He who angers you conquers you.
~ Elizabeth Kenny
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’Amour
Usually when people are sad, they don’t do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change.
~ Malcolm X, in Malcolm X Speaks
When I am angry I can write, pray, and preach well, for then my whole temperament is quickened, my understanding sharpened, and all mundane vexations and temptations depart.
~ Martin Luther
If a person doesn’t govern his temper, his temper will govern him.
~ John Maxwell
Then there is anger. `Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil-speaking, be put away from you.’ Hastiness, proneness to anger, sin of temper is, along with lying, the most common sin by which the Christian is kept back from increase in grace. (Matt. 5:22,26,27; 1 Cor. 1:10,11; 3:3; 13:1,3; Gal. 5:5; 15:21,26; Col. 3:8,12; 1 Thess. 5:15; Jas. 3:14) Christian, let all passionateness by put away from you: this follows on the command not to grieve the Spirit. Believe that the Holy Spirit, the great power of God, is in you. Surrender yourself every day to His indwelling, in faith that Jesus can keep you by Him: He will make and keep you gentle. Yea, believe, I pray you, in the power of God, and of Jesus and of the Holy Spirit to overcome temper. (Matt. 11:29; 1 Cor. 6:19,20; Gal. 6:1; Eph. 2:16,17; Col. 1:8; 2 Tim. 1:12) Confess the sin: God shall cleanse you from it. Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God.
~ Andrew Murray, in Grieving the Spirit
The forgiveness of our sin restores us entirely again to the love of God. (Hos. 14:5; Luke 15:22; Acts 26:18; Rom. 5:1,5) Not only does God not impute sin any more, — that is but one half, — but He reckons to us the righteousness of Jesus also, so that for His sake we are as dear to God as He is. Not only is wrath turned away from us, but the fulness of love now rests upon us. `I will love them freely, for Mine anger is turned away from him.’ Forgiveness is access to all the love of God. On this account, forgiveness is also introduction to all the other blessings of redemption.
~ Andrew Murray, in The Forgiveness of Sins
Don’t get the impression that you arouse my anger. You see, one can only be angry with those he respects.
~ Richard M. Nixon
No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched.
~ George Jean Nathan
Indeed I am so angry I shall not hold back a jot of what I think.
~ Oedipus, in Sophocles Oedipus Rex
Get mad, then get over it.
~ Colin Powell
He that would be angry and sin not, must not be angry with anything but sin.
~ John Ruskin
To strive with an equal is a doubtful thing to do; with a superior, a mad thing; with an inferior, a vulgar thing.
~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca, in “On Anger”
Do not plunge thyself too far in anger, lest thou hasten thy trial;
~ Lafeu, in William Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well
A countenance more in sorrow than in anger.
~ Horatio, in Shakespeare’s Hamlet
Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.
~ James Thurber
O what need is there of God’s mercy! for it is this mercy only that can take away the curse. There is no evil we are in danger of from an angry God, but must be removed or prevented by the opposite good from a reconciled God. If God’s anger be our plague, nothing can remove it but his love. If his curse be our burden, only his blessing can take it away. The whole creation cannot make up the loss of God’s favour. And this they know well, that ever saw the face of an angry God.
~ Robert Trail, in Concerning the Throne of Grace
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.
~ Mark Twain
When angry, count four; when very angry, swear.
~ Mark Twain, in Pudd’nhead Wilson
It is wise to direct your anger towards problems — not people; to focus your energies on answers — not excuses.
~ William Arthur Ward
If you are patient in a moment of anger, you will escape one hundred days of sorrow.
~ Chinese Proverb
Not the fastest horse can catch a word spoken in anger.
~ Chinese Proverb
Anger is a bad counselor.
~ French Proverb