Quotes About Anger

Awesome Quotes and Sayings About Anger

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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


The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.

~Gloria Steinem


Animals don't hate, and we're supposed to be better than them


Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight.

~Phyllis Diller


Angry people are not always wise.

~Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice


The best remedy for a short temper is a long walk.

~Jacqueline Schiff


There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.

~Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man’s Fear

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.


My tongue will tell the anger of my heart, or else my heart concealing it will break.

~William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew


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

~Thomas Fuller


The longer I live, the more I observe that carrying around anger is the most debilitating to the person who bears it.

~Katharine Graham




Holding anger is a poison…It eats you from inside…We think that by hating someone we hurt them…But hatred is a curved blade…and the harm we do to others…we also do to ourselves.

~Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven


Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger.

~J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring


Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.

~Maya Angelou


To carry a grudge is like being stung to death by one bee.

~William H. Walton


It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.


Humor is almost always anger with its make-up on.

~Stephen King, Bag of Bones


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.



The worst-tempered people I’ve ever met were people who knew they were wrong.

~Wilson Mizner


Keep in mind, hurting people often hurt other people as a result of their own pain. If somebody is rude and inconsiderate, you can almost be certain that they have some unresolved issues inside. They have some major problems, anger, resentment, or some heartache they are trying to cope with or overcome. The last thing they need is for you to make matters worse by responding angrily.

~Joel Osteen


When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.


Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.

~Ambrose Bierce


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

~Neil Kinnock


The best fighter is never angry.

~Lao Tzu


Honest men fear neither the light nor the dark.


When angry, count four. When very angry, swear.

~Mark Twain


Anger is a bad counselor.

~French Proverb


Never strike your wife — even with a flower.

~Hindu Proverb


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.

~Gautama Buddha


Be like the sun for grace and mercy. Be like the night to cover others’ faults. Be like running water for generosity. Be like death for rage and anger. Be like the Earth for modesty. Appear as you are. Be as you appear.



The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.


It is wise to direct your anger towards problems — not people; to focus your energies on answers — not excuses.

~William Arthur Ward


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


In a world filled with hate, we must still dare to hope. In a world filled with anger, we must still dare to comfort. In a world filled with despair, we must still dare to dream. And in a world filled with distrust, we must still dare to believe.

~Michael Jackson


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


 Arrogance invites ruin; humility receives benefits.


Malice drinks one-half of its own poison.



That’s why I want you there, he said. You’re unpredictable, and that can be the difference between success and failure. Most people make decisions in anger, fear, love, or obligation. You make decisions to irritate people.

~Kim Harrison, For a Few Demons More


You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.



Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.

~Thích Nhất Hạnh


So you try to think of someone else you’re mad at, and the unavoidable answer pops into your little warped brain: everyone.

~Ellen Hopkins


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


Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.


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

~Chinese Proverb


Let today be the day you stop being haunted by the ghost of yesterday. Holding a grudge & harboring anger/resentment is poison to the soul. Get even with people…but not those who have hurt us, forget them, instead get even with those who have helped us.

~Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free


Transformation is my favorite game and in my experience, anger and frustration are the result of you not being authentic somewhere in your life or with someone in your life. Being fake about anything creates a block inside of you. Life can’t work for you if you don’t show up as you.

~Jason Mraz


Trade your expectation for appreciation and the world changes for you


Maybe I needed sensitivity training. I once signed up for an anger management class, but the instructor pissed me off.

~Darynda Jones, First Grave on the Right


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 just have to make the choice.

~Jim Butcher


These people fail to realize that it is on the inside that God must be defended, not on the outside. They should direct their anger at themselves. For evil in the open is but evil from within that has been let out. The main battlefield for good is not the open ground of the public arena but the small clearing of each heart.

~Yann Martel, Life of Pi


Anger and folly walk cheek by jole.

~Benjamin Franklin


 No iron chain, or outward force of any kind, could ever compel the soul of man to believe or disbelieve


Learn this from me. Holding anger is a 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, The Five People You Meet in Heaven


At the core of all anger is a need that is not being fulfilled.

~Marshall B. Rosenberg


Never forget that God is your friend. And like all friends, He longs to hear what’s been happening in your life. Good or bad, whether it’s been full of sorrow or anger, or even when you’re questioning why terrible things have to happen.

~Nicholas Sparks, The Last Song


Anger blows out the lamp of the mind.

~Robert G. Ingersoll


Some people grumble that roses have thorns, I am grateful that thorns have roses


A flood of emotions rushes into me. Pain and anger. Sadness and pity. But most surprising of all, hope.

~Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why


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

~Lyman Abbott


That initial anger she had felt turned to sadness, and now it had become something else, almost a dullness of sorts. Even though she was constantly in motion, it seemed as if nothing special ever happened to her anymore. Each day seemed exactly like the last, and she had trouble differentiating among them.

~Nicholas Sparks, Message in a Bottle


My mother’s psychologist says I have an overactive anger switch, but people just keep pissing me off.

~Meg Cabot, Darkest Hour


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


Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot


All cruelty springs from weakness.



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

~George Eliot


Most hatred is based on fear, one way or another. Yeah. I wrapped myself in anger, with a dash of hate, and at the bottom of it all was an icy center of pure terror.

~Laurell K. Hamilton, Guilty Pleasures


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

~Leo Buscaglia


Even after all this time the sun never says to the earth, You owe me Look what happens with a love like that It lights the whole sky


Anger is short-lived madness.



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, Warrior Wisdom: Ageless Wisdom for the Modern Warrior


It was as if that great rush of anger had washed me clean, emptied me of hope, and, gazing up at the dark sky spangled with its signs and stars, for the first time, the first, I laid my heart open to the benign indifference of the universe.
To feel it so like myself, indeed, so brotherly, made me realize that I’d been happy, and that I was happy still. For all to be accomplished, for me to feel less lonely, all that remained to hope was that on the day of my execution there should be a huge crowd of spectators and that they should greet me with howls of execration.

~Albert Camus, The Stranger


Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong


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

~Rainer Maria Rilke


No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched.

~George Jean Nathan


Hope has two beautiful daughters; their names are Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are.

~Augustine of Hippo


Anger, resentment and jealousy doesn’t change the heart of others– it only changes yours.

~Shannon L. Alder, 300 Questions to Ask Your Parents Before It’s Too Late


If you spend your time hoping someone will suffer the consequences for what they did to your heart, then you’re allowing them to hurt you a second time in your mind.

~Shannon L. Alder


Those who are at war with others are not at peace with themselves


Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.

~Albert Einstein


Anger is stupid, and stupidity will kill you more surely than your opponent’s blade.

~Patricia Briggs, Dragon Bones


People are strange: They are constantly angered by trivial things, but on a major matter like totally wasting their lives, they hardly seem to notice.

~Charles Bukowski


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

~Chinese Proverb


Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others.



I am free of all prejudice. I hate everyone equally


How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.

~Marcus Aurelius, Meditations


The trouble with anger is, it gets hold of you. And then you aren’t the master of yourself anymore. Anger is. And when anger is the boss, you get unintended consequences.

~Jeanne DuPrau, The City of Ember


Anger as soon as fed is dead—
‘Tis starving makes it fat—

~Emily Dickinson


Anger exceeding limits causes fear and excessive kindness eliminates respect.



Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.

~George Lucas, Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace


Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft


If you kick a stone in anger, you’ll hurt your own foot.

~Korean Proverb


Vanity was stronger than love at sixteen and there was no room in her hot heart now for anything but hate.

~Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind


Out of anger comes controversy, out of controversy comes conversation, out of conversation comes action.

~Tupac Shakur


I enjoy my anger, it’s the only hobby I have.

~Laurell K. Hamilton, Cerulean Sins


Watch out for each other. Love everyone and forgive everyone, including yourself. Forgive your anger. Forgive your guilt. Your shame. Your sadness. Embrace and open up your love, your joy, your truth, and most especially your heart.

~Jim Henson


Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye


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

~Malachy McCourt


One of the gifts our planet gave us is to love completely. Without jealousy or insecurity or fear. Without pettiness. Without anger.

~Pittacus Lore, I Am Number Four


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

~Mark Twain, A Biography


If you try to get rid of fear and anger without knowing their meaning, they will grow stronger and return.

~Deepak Chopra


Don't criticize what you cant understand


Hard times build determination and inner strength. Through them we can also come to appreciate the uselessness of anger. Instead of getting angry nurture a deep caring and respect for troublemakers because by creating such trying circumstances they provide us with invaluable opportunities to practice tolerance and patience.

~Dalai Lama XIV


Where there is anger, there is always pain underneath.

~Eckhart Tolle


The world needs anger. The world often continues to allow evil because it isn’t angry enough.

~Bede Jarrett


Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you are.

~Cherie Carter-Scott


If one sows pumpkins with the devil, they will bash onto one's head.


When you say something really unkind, when you do something in retaliation your anger increases. You make the other person suffer, and he will try hard to say or to do something back to get relief from his suffering. That is how conflict escalates.

~Thích Nhất Hạnh, Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames


Anger at lies lasts forever. Anger at truth can’t last.

~Greg Evans


People who fly into a rage always make a bad landing.

~Will Rogers


Conquer the angry one by not getting angry; conquer the wicked by goodness; conquer the stingy by generosity, and the liar by speaking the truth.

~Gautama Buddha, The Dhammapada


The fiercest anger of all, the most incurable,
Is that which rages in the place of dearest love.

~Euripides, Medea and Other Plays


Some people never go crazy What truly horrible lives they must lead


Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.

~Steven Wright


He who angers you conquers you.

~Elizabeth Kenny


Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame.

~Benjamin Franklin


Anger is really disappointed hope.

~Erica Jong


Men in rage strike those that wish them best.

~William Shakespeare


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

~Alexandre Dumas


There is nothing like wounded affection for giving poignancy to anger.

~Elizabeth Gaskell, Wives and Daughters


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, Fallout


Never forget what a man says to you when he is angry.

~Henry Ward Beecher


Think before you speak Read before you think


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

~Sydney J. Harris


In days that follow, I discover that anger is easier to handle than grief.

~Emily Giffin, Heart of the Matter


Your perspective on life comes from the cage you were held captive in.

~Shannon L. Alder


The way to change others’ minds is with affection, and not anger.

~Dalai Lama XIV


I have lived lies. I have done it again and again. I live lies because I cannot endure the weakness of anger, and I cannot admit the irrationality of love.

~Anne Rice (Marius)