Anger Quotes That Will Inspire You (2022)

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Indulge not thyself in the passion of anger; it is whetting a sword to wound thine own breast, or murder thy friend.

Akhenaton (1375 BC, Egyptian King, Monotheist)

As the whirlwind in its fury teareth up trees, and deformeth the face of nature, or as an earthquake in its convulsions overturneth whole cities; so the rage of an angry man throweth mischief around him.

Akhenaton (1375 BC, Egyptian King, Monotheist)

To be angry about trifles is mean and childish; to rage and be furious is brutish; and to maintain perpetual wrath is akin to the practice and temper of devils; but to prevent and suppress rising resentment is wise and glorious, is manly and divine.

Alan W. Watts (1915-1973, British-born American Philosopher, Author)

Every time you get angry, you poison your own system.

Alfred A. Montapert (American Author)

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

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914, American Author, Editor, Journalist, “The Devil’s Dictionary”)

Anyone can become angry — that is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way — this is not easy.

Aristotle (384-322 BC, Greek Philosopher)

We praise a man who feels angry on the right grounds and against the right persons and also in the right manner at the right moment and for the right length of time.

Aristotle (384-322 BC, Greek Philosopher)

All anger is not sinful, because some degree of it, and on some occasions, is inevitable. But it becomes sinful and contradicts the rule of Scripture when it is conceived upon slight and inadequate provocation, and when it continues long.

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Never do anything when you are in a temper, for you will do everything wrong.

Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658, Spanish Philosopher, Writer)

The more anger towards the past you carry in your heart, the less capable you are of loving in the present.

Barbara De Angelis (American Expert on Relationship & Love, Author)

Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American Scientist, Publisher, Diplomat)

Indignation is a submission of our thoughts, but not of our desires.

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970, British Philosopher, Mathematician, Essayist)

Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger. [Ephesians 4:26]

Bible (Sacred Scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools. [Ecclesiastes 7:9]

Bible (Sacred Scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

Bible (Sacred Scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and angry woman. [Proverbs 21:19]

Bible (Sacred Scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Let not the sun go down upon your wrath. [Ephesians 4:26]

Bible (Sacred Scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. [James 1:19-20]

Bible (Sacred Scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Anger rest in the bosom of fools.

Bible (Sacred Scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood, but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them. [Proverbs 12:6]

Bible (Sacred Scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression. [Proverbs 19:11]

Bible (Sacred Scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

A soft answer truth away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger. [Proverbs 15:1]

Bible (Sacred Scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Scornful men bring a city into a snare, but wise men turn away wrath. [Proverbs 29:8]

Bible (Sacred Scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Always keep your composure. You can’t score from the penalty box; and to win, you have to score.

Bobby Hull (American Hockey Player)

Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment are cherished in the mind. Anger will disappear just as soon as thoughts of resentment are forgotten.

Buddha (568-488 BC, Founder of Buddhism)

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

Buddha (568-488 BC, Founder of Buddhism)

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned.

Buddha (568-488 BC, Founder of Buddhism)

No person is important enough to make me angry.

Carlos Castaneda (American Anthropologist, Author)

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An angry man opens his mouth and shuts his eyes.

Cato The Elder (234-149 BC, Roman Statesman, Orator)

The intoxication of anger, like that of the grape, shows us to others, but hides us from ourselves.

Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British Sportsman Writer)

When I am right, I get angry. Churchill gets angry when he is wrong. So we were often angry at each other.

Charles De Gaulle (1890-1970, French President during World War II)

A vigorous temper is not altogether an evil. Men who are easy as an old shoe are generally of little worth.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892, British Baptist Preacher)

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

Chinese Proverb

Anger is the most impotent of passions. It effects nothing it goes about, and hurts the one who is possessed by it more than the one against whom it is directed.


Go ahead, make my day.

Clint Eastwood (1930-, American Actor, Director, Politician, Composer, Musician, Producer)

When anger rises, think of the consequences.

Confucius (551-479 BC, Chinese Ethical Teacher, Philosopher)

Keep cool; anger is not an argument.

Daniel Webster (1782-1852, American Lawyer, Statesman)

Anger itself does more harm than the condition which aroused anger.

David O. Mckay

He who holds back rising anger like a rolling chariot, him I call a real driver; other people are but holding the reins

Dhammapada (300 BC, Buddhist Collection of Moral Aphorism)

I am often mad, but I would hate to be nothing but mad: and I think I would lose what little value I may have as a writer if I were to refuse, as a matter of principle, to accept the warming rays of the sun, and to report them, whenever, and if ever, they

E(lwyn) B(rooks) White (1899-1985, American Author, Editor)

Most men’s anger about religion is as if two men should quarrel for a lady they

neither of them care for.

Edward F. Halifax (1881-1959, British Conservative Statesman)

Anger is never without an argument, but seldom with a good one.

Edward F. Halifax (1881-1959, British Conservative Statesman)

Anger ventilated often hurries towards forgiveness; anger concealed often hardens into revenge.

Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873, British Novelist, Poet)

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

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886, American Poet)

Whenever you are angry, be assured that it is not only a present evil, but that you have increased a habit.

Epictetus (50-120, Stoic Philosopher)

Anger makes dull men witty — but it keeps them poor.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British Philosopher, Essayist, Statesman)

Beware of him that is slow to anger; for when it is long coming, it is the stronger when it comes, and the longer kept. Abused patience turns to fury.

Francis Quarles (1592-1644, British Poet)

I know of no more disagreeable situation than to be left feeling generally angry without anybody in particular to be angry at.

Frank Moore Colby (1865-1925, American Editor, Essayist)

Anger may be kindled in the noblest breasts: but in these slow droppings of an unforgiving temper never takes the shape of consistency of enduring hatred.

S. Hillard

Anger cannot be dishonest.

George R. Bach

I lose my temper, but it’s all over in a minute,” said the student. “So is the hydrogen bomb,” I replied. “But think of the damage it produces!

George Sweeting

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Anger, even when it punishes the faults of delinquents, ought not to precede reason as its mistress, but attend as a handmaid at the back of reason, to come to the front when bidden. For once it begins to take control of the mind, it calls just what it does cruelly.

George William Curtis (1824-1892, American Journalist)

Anger begins with folly, and ends with repentance.

G. Bohn (British Publisher)

I used to store my anger and it affected my play. Now I get it out. I’m never rude to my playing partner. I’m very focused on the ball. Then it’s over.

Helen Alfredsson (American Golfer)

The continuance and frequent fits of anger produce in the soul a propensity to be angry; which oftentimes ends in choler, bitterness, and moronity, when the mid becomes ulcerated, peevish, and querulous, and is wounded by the least occurrence.

Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American Preacher, Orator, Writer)

If a man meets with injustice, it is not required that he shall not be roused to meet it; but if he is angry after he has had time to think upon it, that is sinful. The flame is not wring, but the coals are.

Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American Preacher, Orator, Writer)

Never forget what a person says to you when they are angry.

Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American Preacher, Orator, Writer)

Anger is short madness

Horace (65-8 BC, Italian Poet)

Anger is a brief lunacy.

Horace (65-8 BC, Italian Poet)

Anger is a momentary madness, so control your passion or it will control you.

Horace (65-8 BC, Italian Poet)

The one who cannot restrain their anger will wish undone, what their temper and irritation prompted them to do.

Horace (65-8 BC, Italian Poet)

My liver swells with bile difficult to repress.

Horace (65-8 BC, Italian Poet)

You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.

Indira Gandhi (1917-1984, Indian Prime Minster)

Rage cannot be hidden, it can only be dissembled. This dissembling deludes the thoughtless, and strengthens rage and adds, to rage, contempt.

James Baldwin (1924-1987, American Author)

Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness.

James Thurber (1894-1961, American Humorist, Illustrator)

It doesn’t pay to say too much when you are mad enough to choke. For the word

that stings the deepest is the word that is never spoke, Let the other fellow wrangle till the storm has blown away, then he’ll do a heap of thinking about the things you didn’t say.

James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916, American Poet)

Violence in the voice is often only the death rattle of reason in the throat.

John F. Boyes

The anger of a person who is strong, can always bide its time.

John Ruskin (1819-1900, British Critic, Social Theorist)

There is not in nature, a thing that makes man so deformed, so beastly, as doth intemperate anger.

John Webster (1580-1625, British Dramatist)

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

Joseph Joubert (1754-1824, French Moralist)

There are good and bad times, but our mood changes more often than our fortune.

Jules Renard (1864-1910, French Author, Dramatist)

It takes two flints to make a fire.

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888, American Author)

Wise anger is like fire from a flint: there is great ado to get it out; and when it does come, it is out again immediately.


Anger and intolerance are the twin enemies of correct understanding.

Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian Political, Spiritual Leader)

Anger is as a stone cast into a wasp’s nest.

Malabar Proverb

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 (83-30 BC, Roman Triumvir, Related to Julius Caesar)

When thou art above measure angry, bethink thee how momentary is man’s life.

Marcus Aurelius (121-80 AD, Roman Emperor, Philosopher)

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

Marcus Aurelius (121-80 AD, Roman Emperor, Philosopher)

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

Mark Twain (1835-1910, American Humorist, Writer)

When I am angry I can pray well and preach well.

Martin Luther (1483-1546, German Leader of the Protestant Reformation)

Anger is a noble infirmity; the generous failing of the just; the one degree that riseth above zeal, asserting the prerogative of virtue.

Martin Tupper (1810-1889, British Author, Poet, Inventor)

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

Maya Angelou (1928-, African-American poet, Writer, Performer)

A wave of anger washed over me, anger against myself, at my age at the time, that stupid lyrically age, when a man is too great a riddle to himself to be interested in the riddles outside himself and when other people are mere walking mirrors in which he is amazed to find his own emotions, his own worth.

Milan Kundera (1929-, Czech Author, Critic)

Depression is rage spread thin.

Paul Tillich (1886-1965, German Protestant Theologian, Philosopher)

Do not suppress it-that would hurt you inside. Do not express it-this would not only hurt you inside, it would cause ripples in your surroundings. What you do is transform it.

Peace Pilgrim (1908-1981, American Peace Activist)

Never go to bed angry, stay up and fight.

Phyllis Diller (1861-1951, American Columnist)

He best keeps from anger who remembers that God is always looking upon him.

Plato (427-347 BC, Greek Philosopher)

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


He who is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.


No one is as angry as the person who is wrong.


The wrath of brothers is fierce and devilish.


An angry man is again angry with himself when he returns to reason.

Publilius Syrus (1st Century BC, Roman Writer)

A man makes inferiors his superiors by heat; self-control is the rule.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American Poet, Essayist)

We boil at different degrees.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American Poet, Essayist)

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American Poet, Essayist)

Anger blows out the lamp of the mind. In the examination of a great and important question, everyone should be serene, slow-pulsed and calm.

Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899, American Orator, Lawyer)

Anger is a wind which blows out the lamp of the mind.

Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899, American Orator, Lawyer)

Doomed are the hotheads! Unhappy are they who lose their cool and are too

proud to say, “I’m sorry.”

Robert H. Schuller (1926-, American Minister (Crystal Cathedral), Author, Social Leader)

He took over anger to intimidate subordinates, and in time anger took over him.

Saint Albertus Magnus

The angry man will defeat himself in battle as well as in life.

Samurai Maxim

Anger: an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.

Seneca (4 BC-65 AD, Spanish-born Roman Statesman, philosopher)

Anger is like those ruins which smash themselves on what they fall.

Seneca (4 BC-65 AD, Spanish-born Roman Statesman, philosopher)

The deferring of anger is the best antidote to anger.

Seneca (4 BC-65 AD, Spanish-born Roman Statesman, philosopher)

The greatest remedy for anger is delay.

Seneca (4 BC-65 AD, Spanish-born Roman Statesman, philosopher)

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

Sidney J. Harris (1917-, American Journalist)

The tendency of aggression is an innate, independent, instinctual disposition in man… it constitutes the most powerful obstacle to culture.

Sigmund Freud (1856-1939, Austrian Physician – Founder of Psychoanalysis)

Temper is a weapon that we hold by the blade.

Sir James M. Barrie (1860-1937, British Playwright)

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

Sri Swami Sivananda (1887-, Indian Physician, Sage)

There was never an angry man that thought his anger unjust.

St. Francis De Sales (1567-1622, Roman Catholic Bishop, Writer)

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Anger is an expensive luxury in which only men of a certain income can indulge.

St. Gregory The Great (540-604, Italian Pope)

In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish Philosopher, Author)

Man should forget his anger before he lies down to sleep.

Thomas De Quincey (1785-1859, British Author)

Act nothing in a furious passion. It’s putting to sea in a storm.

Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British Clergyman, Author)

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

Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British Clergyman, Author)

Anger is one of the sinews of the soul; he that wants it hath a maimed mind.

Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British Clergyman, Author)

When angry, count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, Third President of the USA)

He that would be angry and sin not, must not be angry with anything but sin.

Thomas Secker

To rule one’s anger is well; to prevent it is better.

Tryon Edwards (1809-1894, American Theologian)

The flame of anger, bright and brief, sharpens the barb of love.

Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864, British Poet, Essayist)

Temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.

Washington Irving (1783-1859, American Author)

There’s nothing wrong with anger provided you use it constructively.

Wayne Dyer (1940-, American Psychotherapist, Author, Lecturer)

When you squeeze an orange, orange juice comes out — because that’s what’s inside. When you are squeezed, what comes out is what is inside.

Wayne Dyer (1940-, American Psychotherapist, Author, Lecturer)

What comes out of you when you are squeezed is what is inside of you.

Wayne Dyer (1940-, American Psychotherapist, Author, Lecturer)

Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.

William Congreve (1670-1729, British Dramatist)

Men often make up in wrath what they want in reason.

William R. Alger (1822-1905, American Writer)

Consider, when you are enraged at any one, what you would probably think if he should die during the dispute.

William Shenstone (1714-1763, British Poet)

The worst tempered people I have ever met were those who knew that they were wrong.

Wilson Mizner (1876-1933, American Author)

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