Most Thought-Provoking Quotes About Anger
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200 Most Thought-Provoking Quotes About Anger

As shown by studies, when we get feelings of anger, our body will release negative hormones. This will greatly effect our future emotional health, further compound the problem. Anger is an emotion we all feel, the difference is how we react to that feeling. Read this collection of anger quotes to encourage you not to lose your temper, and to find ways to control any anger you may feel. Let these anger quotes help you to make an effort to control your emotions.

1

“Expressing anger is a form of public littering.” – Willard Gaylin

2

“Keep your temper. A decision made in anger is never sound.” – Ford Frick

3

“Anger is a brief madness.” – Horace, Epistles (Book 1)

4

“Anger’s my meat; I sup upon myself. And so shall starve with feeding.” – William Shakespeare

5

“It is wise to direct your anger towards problems – not people; to focus your energies on answers – not excuses.” – William Arthur Ward

6

“Never forget what a man says to you when he is angry.” – Henry Ward Beecher

7

“If you get upset when the toast burns, what are you going to do when your house burns down.”

8

“Learn to master your emotions.”

9

“Every time you get angry, you poison your system.” – Alfred A. Montapert

10

“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

11

“Getting angry doesn’t solve anything.” – Grace Kelly

12

“Never write a letter while you are angry.” – Chinese Proverb

13

“Anger’s not a good emotion.” – Lincoln Chafee’s

14

“A man in a passion rides a mad horse.” – Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

15

“Never respond to an angry person with a fiery comeback, even if he deserves it…Don’t allow his anger to become your anger.” – Bohdi Sanders

16

“My dear, don’t let the sun go down upon your anger; forgive each other, help each other, and begin to‑morrow again.” – Louisa May Alcott

17

“If you don’t control your temper. Your temper will control you.” – Stephen King

18

“In days that follow, I discover that anger is easier to handle than grief.” – Emily Giffin, Heart of the Matter

19

“When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.” – Thomas Jefferson

20

“Anger is never without reason, but seldom with a good one.” – Benjamin Franklin

21

“A hand ready to hit may cause you great trouble.” – Maori (on anger)

22

“Anger is a wind that blows out the lamp of the mind.” – Robert Green Ingersoll

23

“People are strange: trivial things constantly anger them, but on a major matter like totally wasting their lives, they hardly seem to

24

“Get angry, get furious, but never crumble to resentment.” – Dodinsky

25

“Anger at lies lasts forever. Anger at truth can’t last.” – Greg Evans

26

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

27

“I don’t have to attend every argument I’m invited to.”

28

“Anger begins with folly, and ends with repentance.” – Beverly Sills

29

“Spite is never lonely; envy always tags along.” – Mignon McLaughlin

30

“Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.” – Albert Einstein

31

“Anger is a feeling that makes your mouth work faster than your mind.”

32

“Angry people are not always wise.” – Jane Austen, Pride, and Prejudice

33

“Never trust your tongue when your heart is bitter.”

34

“We can never drown anger and worry; yet, if let alone, they drown themselves.” – Horace Fletcher

35

“I’ve never felt that anger is a compelling emotion.” – John Hurt

36

“What’s begun in anger ends in shame.” – Benjamin Franklin

37

“If it won’t matter in 5 years, don’t spend more than 5 minutes getting angry about it.”

38

“Always write angry letters to your enemies. Never mail them.” – James Fallows

39

“The truth will set you free, but first, it will piss you off.” – Gloria Steinem

40

“Do not let anger lead to hatred, as you will hurt yourself more than you would the other.” – Stephen Richards

41

“Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful to us than the injury that provokes it.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

42

“Anger is often more hurtful than the injury that caused it.” – English (on anger)

43

“When I get mad, I stop being mad and be awesome instead.”

44

“Don’t let yourself get so angry that you stop loving, because one day you will wake up from that anger and the person you love won’t be around anymore.” – Dawson’s Creek

45

“Getting angry is punishing yourself with the mistakes of others.”

46

“You can survive with anger, but you can’t live with it forever.” – Ariel Dorfman

47

“I think, often, when you are in just a lot of pain, it comes out as anger.” – Nell Hudson

48

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

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“Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight.” – Phyllis Diller

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

51

“Don’t promise when you’re happy. Do not reply when you’re angry and do not decide when you’re sad.”

52

“The best remedy for a short temper is a long walk.” – Joseph Joubert

53

“A quick temper will make a fool of you soon enough.” – Bruce Lee

54

“Something, my mum, taught me years and years and years ago, is life’s just too short to carry around a great bucket-load of anger and resentment and bitterness and hatreds and all that sort of stuff.” – Kevin Rudd

55

“Anger and worry are the rankest forms of Egotism.” – Horace Fletcher

56

“If you kick a stone in anger, you will hurt your foot.” – Korean (on anger)

57

“Malice drinks one-half of its poison.” – Seneca

58

“Changing from ‘kind regards’ to just ‘regards’ to indicate that you’re rapidly reaching the end of your rope.” – Rob Temple

59

“Anger is a great force. If you control it, it can be transmuted into a power which can move the whole world.” – William Shenstone

60

“Anger becomes limiting, restricting. You can’t see through it. While anger is there, look at that, too. But after a while, you have to look at something else.” – Thylias Moss

61

“People who fly into a rage always make a bad landing.” – Will Rogers

62

“Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.” – Mahatma Gandhi

63

“A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.”

64

“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” – Buddha

65

“Postpone today’s anger until tomorrow.” – Tagalog (Filipino) (on anger)

66

“The anger of the prudent never shows.” – Burmese (on anger)

67

“Anger blows out the lamp of the mind.” – Robert G. Ingersoll

68

“There’s a reason why anger, fear, and hatred are paths to the dark side: they all spring from a single source – the same source as a certain flavor of love. A dangerously sweet, addictive flavor.” – Matthew Stover

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“There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot.” – Plato

70

“For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

71

“Life is too short to hold a grudge, also too long.” – Robert Brault

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“Anger is a short madness.” – Horace

73

“If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.” – Chinese Proverb

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“Anger can be a useful emotion; it’s built into our genetic code to help with self-preservation. But it can also be destructive, even when it is justified.” – Michael Hayden

75

“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

76

“Anger and folly walk cheek by jole.” – Benjamin Franklin

77

“Fire in the heart sends smoke into the head.” – German Proverb

78

“Try to manage your anger since people can’t manage their stupidity.”

79

“Anger is the enemy of non-violence, and pride is a monster that swallows it up.” – Mahatma Gandhi

80

“Americans are slow to anger, but once they do get angry, they are impossible to stop.” – Kathleen Troia McFarland

81

“I believe anger is a wasted emotion, and I don’t like to waste emotions.” – Jim Webb

82

“Anger is one letter short of danger.”

83

“Anger is a momentary madness, so control your passion, or it will control you.” – G. M. Trevelyan

84

“Not the fastest horse can catch a word spoken in anger.” – Chinese Proverb

85

“Anger doesn’t solve anything. It builds nothing, but it can destroy everything.”

86

“A little anger is a good thing if it isn’t on your behalf if it’s for others deserving of your anger, your empathy.” – David Simon

87

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

88

“Nobody makes you angry by speaking the truth; only you decided to use anger as a response.”

89

“There was never an angry man that thought his anger unjust.” – Saint Francis de Sales

90

“I get angry about things, then go on and work.” – Toni Morrison

91

“Only when a mosquito lands on your testicles, you will truly learn that there is always a way to solve problems without using anger and violence.” – Confucius

92

“Man should forget his anger before he lies down to sleep.” – Mahatma Gandhi

93

“Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” – Buddha

94

“Forgive people in your life, even those who are not sorry for their actions. Holding on to anger only hurts, not them.”

95

“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

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“The opposite of anger is not calmness, its empathy.” – Mehmet Oz

97

“People won’t have time for you if you are always angry or complaining.” – Stephen Hawking

98

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

99

“Reacting in anger or annoyance will not advance one’s ability to persuade.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg

100

“When you can’t control what’s happening. Challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what’s happening. That’s where your power is.”

101

“The more anger towards the past you carry in your heart, the less capable you are of loving in the present.” – Barbara De Angelis

102

“He that will be angry for anything will be angry for nothing.” – Sallust

103

“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

104

“Holding anger is poison. It eats you from inside. We think that hating is a weapon that attacks the person who harmed us. But hatred is a curved blade. And the harm we do, we do to ourselves.” – Mitch Albom

105

“When you learn that truth is a lie, anger follows.” – Grace Slick

106

“Beware the fury of a patient man.” – Publilius Syrus

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“Anger as soon as fed is dead -‘Tis starving makes it fa.” – Emily Dickinson

108

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

109

“Never go to bed angry, stay up, and fight.” – William Congreve

110

“Anger does not solve problems – anger only makes things worse. I go by the old saying, ‘Don’t make important decisions when you’re angry.” – Lionel Sosa

111

“Anger is just anger. It isn’t good. It isn’t bad. It just is. What you do with it is what matters. It’s like anything else. You can use it to build or to destroy. You have to make a choice.” – Jim Butcher, White Night

112

“Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.” – Elizabeth I

113

“Control your anger; it’s only one letter away from danger.”

114

“Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.” – Maya Angelou

115

“A lot of people think they should be happy all the time. But the writer understands you need both. You need the whole piano: the richness of the whole human experience. Depression, suffering, and anger are all part of being human.” – Janet Fitch

116

“The sharpest sword is a word spoken in wrath.” – Gautama Buddha

117

“You don’t have to attend every argument you are invited to.”

118

“No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched.” – George Jean Nathan

119

“Anger is one of the sinews of the soul.” – Thomas Fuller

120

“Anger is like a storm rising from the bottom of your consciousness. When you feel it coming, turn your focus to your breath.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

121

“Acting in anger and hatred throughout my life, I frequently precipitated what I feared most, the loss of friendships and the need to rely upon the very people I’d abused.” – Luke Ford

122

“A man can’t eat anger for breakfast and sleep with it at night and not suffer damage to his soul.” – Garrison Keillor

123

“My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful, and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.” – Jack Layton

124

“At the core of all, anger is a need that is not being fulfilled.” – Marshall B. Rosenberg

125

“Be careful with your words when you are angry, they can be only forgiven, not forgotten.”

126

“Anger is never without an argument, but seldom with a good one.” – George Savile

127

“Every day, we have plenty of opportunities to get angry, stressed, or offended. But what you’re doing when you indulge these negative emotions is giving something outside yourself power over your happiness. You can choose not to let little things upset you.” – Joel Osteen

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“One of man’s greatest obligations is anger.” – Nikos Kazantzakis

129

“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.” – Aristotle

130

“I don’t think your ability to fight has anything to do with how big you are. It’s to do with how much anger is in you.” – Amy Winehouse

131

“One that angers you controls you. Don’t give anyone that power! Especially the one who does it intentionally.”

132

“Learn this from me. Holding anger is poison. It eats you from inside. We think that hating is a weapon that attacks the person who harmed us. But hatred is a curved blade. And the harm we do, we do to ourselves.” – Mitch Albom

133

“For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”

134

“Angry people cannot create anything that is not imbued with anger.” – John McAfee

135

“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

136

“Permit yourself to feel anger, pain, and resentment. Relax, then let it go with love.”

137

“Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.” – Benjamin Franklin

138

“Anger may repast with thee for an hour, but not repose for a night; the continuance of anger is hatred; the continuance of hatred turns malice.” – Francis Quarles

139

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

140

“Be modest, humble, simple. Control your anger.” – Abraham Cahan

141

“Do not teach your children never to be angry; teach them how to be angry.” – Lyman Abbott

142

“Holding on to anger, resentment, and hurt only gives you tense muscles, a headache, and a sore jaw from clenching your teeth. Forgiveness gives you back the laughter and the lightness in your life.” – Joan Lunden

143

“Violent anger makes me physically ill.” – Langston Hughes

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“Anger is what makes a clear mind seem clouded.” – Kazi Shams

145

“You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger.” – Buddha”

146

“Anger doesn’t demand action. When you act in anger, you lose self-control.” – Joe Hyams

147

“You can’t shake hands with a clenched fist.” – Indira Gandhi

148

“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

149

“Anger… it’s a paralyzing emotion. You can’t get anything done.” – Toni Morrison

150

“Anything done in anger can be done better without it.” – Dallas Willard

151

“How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.” – Marcus Aurelius

152

“Anger ventilated often hurries toward forgiveness, and concealed often hardens into revenge.” – Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

153

“Anger is smoke, revenge a consuming fire.” – James Lendall Basford (1845-1915)

154

“Anger is a valid emotion. It’s only bad when it takes control and makes you do things you don’t want to do.” – Ellen Hopkins

155

“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

156

“Anger is an unnecessary emotion. Loads of stuff in life can trigger it, but what matters is how you react. I choose not to react.” – Nicola Adams

157

“Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you are.” – Cherie Carter-Scott

158

“The strong man is not the good wrestler; the strong man is the only one who controls himself when he is angry.” – Prophet Muhammad

159

“All of the evil passions are traceable to one of two roots. Anger is the root of all 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

160

“Anger is an expensive luxury in which only men of certain income can indulge.” – George William Curtis

161

“notice…” – Charles Bukowski (1920-1994)

162

“Never strike your wife — even with a flower.” – Hindu Proverb

163

“The taste of grudge eradicates the taste of cherries..” – Alice Walker

164

“Speak when you are angry, and you’ll make the best speech you’ll ever regret.” – Ambrose Bierce

165

“When anger rises, think of the consequences.” – Confucius

166

“Anger has a way of seeping into every other emotion and planting itself in there.” – Dane Cook

167

“Anger is a bad counselor.” – French Proverb

168

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

169

“Get mad, then get over it.” – Colin Powell

170

“It is impossible for you to be angry and laugh at the same time. Anger and laughter are mutually exclusive, and you have the power to choose either.” – Wayne Dyer

171

“Men in rage strike those that wish them best.” – William Shakespeare, Othello, Act 2, Scene 3

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“Anger … it’s a paralyzing emotion … you can’t get anything done.” – Toni Morrison

173

“Where there is anger, there is always pain underneath.” – Eckhart Tolle

174

“To be angry is to revenge the faults of others on ourselves.” – Alexander Pope

175

“Sometimes, when I’m angry, I have the right to be angry, but that doesn’t give me the right to be cruel.”

176

“Never do anything when you are in a temper, for you will do everything wrong.” – Baltasar Gracian

177

“When angry, count four; when very angry, swear.” – Mark Twain

178

“The velocity of anger.The delay of gratitude.” – Dr. SunWolf

179

“Anger is short-lived madness.” – Horace

180

“Control your anger, don’t let your anger control you. If you are mad, don’t say anything you’ll regret later. If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say it. Calm down and then do whatever you have to do.”

181

“When angry, count to four; when very angry, swear.” – Mark Twain

182

“Anger is your biggest enemy. Control it.”

183

“Good resolutions are seldom made in anger.” – James Lendall Basford (1845-1915)

184

“Hard words break no bones.”

185

“The world needs anger. The world often continues to allow evil because it isn’t angry enough.” – Bede Jarrett

186

“Sometimes, with anger, you can be much more dangerous than with skill.” – Mathieu Amalric

187

“The worst-tempered people I’ve ever met were people who knew they were wrong.” – Wilson Mizner

188

“Exaggeration is a truth that has lost its temper.” – Kahlil Gibran

189

“Two things a man should never be angry at what he can help and what he cannot help.” – Thomas Fuller

190

“It is a waste of energy to be angry with a man who misbehaves just as it is to be angry with a car that won’t go.” – Bertrand Russell

191

“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

192

“The greatest remedy for anger is a delay.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

193

“Don’t do something permanently stupid just because you’re temporary upset.”

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“If another can easily anger you, it is because you are off balance with yourself.” – Scottie Waves

195

“A moment of patience in a moment of anger saves you a hundred moments of regret.”

196

“Usually, when people are sad, they don’t do anything. They cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about change.” – Malcolm X

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“Anger is momentary madness, so control your passion, or it will control you.” – Horace

198

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

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“Don’t hold to anger, hurt, or pain. They steal your energy and keep you from love.” – Leo Buscaglia

200

“Life is precious, and there’s not a lot of room for anger.” – Fran Drescher

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“Anger is like those ruins which smash themselves on what they fall.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

202

“He who angers you conquers you.” – Elizabeth Kenny

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“I don’t usually lose my temper, but if I get angry, it’s true – I’m scared.” – Eva Mendes

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“The best fighter is never angry.” – Lao Tzu

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“There’s nothing wrong with anger provided you use it constructively.” – Wayne Dyer

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