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Quotations: Anger, Rage & Wrath

Act Against Anger


Anger, Rage, & Wrath

  • Ego will help you to recognize, remove, and replace your ego: a.k.a. self-esteem.

“Whoever grows angry amid troubles applies a drug worse than the disease and is a physician unskilled about misfortunes.” —Sophocles

“Anger and meanness fail because they are a form of no-ting, of suppressing a negative reality and thereby focusing on, feeding, and increasing that negative reality.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice


Anger Can Be Understood As a Form of No-ting

  • No-ting is the number one cause of failure and mistakes.
  • Read Don’t Read This! to understand no-ting and its impact on your life.

Quotations from Various Sources

Organized Alphabetically

“A good man’s anger lasts an instant, a meddling man’s for two hours, a base man’s a day and night, a great idiot’s until death.” —Indian proverb

“A man has no more character than he can command in a time of crisis.” —Ralph W. Sockman

“A quick temper will make a fool of you soon enough.” —Bruce Lee, Martial Arts Innovator

“A smart person knows how to win an argument. A wise person knows how to avoid one.” —Anonymous

“And therefore it is said that one who argues does so because he cannot see certain points.” —Chung Tzu

“Anger and meanness fail because they are a form of no-ting, of suppressing a negative reality and thereby focusing on, feeding, and increasing that negative reality.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Anger corrupts, as weeds choke a field. Be free of anger, and honor those who are also free.” —Dhammapada: Desires,verse 357

“Anger is blindness, and does not suffer one to see the face of any man with truth.” —The Testament of the Twelve Patriarchs

“Anger is like drinking salt water for thirst, it only increases the thirst.” —Caine, Kung Futelevision show

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

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

“Anger is throwing dust into the wind only for it to return to hurt your eyes.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Anger simply shows that something in you is hurt, some wound is there.” —Osho

“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.” —Gautama Buddha

“Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain and most fools do.” —Benjamin Franklin

“Any person capable of angering you becomes your master; he can anger you only when you permit yourself to be disturbed by him.” —Epictetus

“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

“As human beings we need to assess whether anger has any value—it destroys our peace of mind. Compassion, on the other hand, brings optimism and hope.” —Dalai Lama

“As the sense of pain is a characteristic of weakness, so also is anger.” —Marcus Aurelius

“Avoid all wrath.” —Pythagoras

“Be slow to anger, slow to blame, And slow to plead thy cause. But swift to speak of any gain That gives thy friend applause.” –Mary Whitcher, Shaker member

“Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.” —Confucius

“Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.” —Psalms 37:8

“Consider how much more pain is brought on us by the anger and vexation caused by such acts than by the acts themselves, at which we are angry and vexed.” —Marcus Aurelius

“Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” —Romans 12:19

“Dhyana is retaining one’s tranquil state of mind in any circumstance, unfavorable as well as favorable, and not being disturbed or frustrated even when adverse conditions present themselves one after another.” —Daisetz T. Suzuki

“Do not weep; do not wax indignant. Understand.” —Baruch Spinoza

“Don’t give in to anger under any circumstances.” —Dhammapada, Anger,verse 222

“Even the Divine Presence is unimportant to an angry man.” —Talmud,Nedarim

“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

“For he who yields to pain and he who yields to anger, both are wounded and both submit.” —Marcus Aurelius

“Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.” —Proverbs 10:12

“Hatreds do not ever cease in this world by hating, but by love; this is an eternal truth.” —Dhammapada,1:5

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

“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

“Human anger is fueled by the selfish self, futilely striving for happiness by pursuing what it wants, avoiding what it fears, and asserting, promoting, and defending itself.” —Ron Leifer

“If anger is not good for a baby, then why is anger good for anyone?” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“If you are maligned by the world, do not harbor bad thoughts against it.” —Sammaparibbajaniya Sutta

“If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will avoid one hundred days of sorrow.” —Chinese proverb

“If you do not wish to be prone to anger, do not feed the habit; give it nothing which may tend to its increase.” —Epictetus (55 AD – 135 AD)

“It is easier to swallow angry words than to have to eat them.” —Unknown

“It is essential to become fully aware of the feelings of frustration, vulnerability, helplessness, and fear. Anger involves the denial of these feelings. Healing anger requires opening to them, becoming aware of them.” —Ron Leifer

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

“Let this become your key- next time when anger comes, just watch it, don’t say, ‘I am angry.’ Say, “Anger is there and I am watching it.’ And see the difference! The difference is vast. Suddenly you are out of the grip of anger. If you say, ‘I am just a watcher, I am not anger,’ you are out of the grip.” —Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

“Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.” —Mark Twain

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

“Nothing can provoke one’s anger if one does not add to one’s pile of troubles by getting angry.” —Seneca

“Of ill-temper there are three kinds: irascibility, bitterness, sullenness. It belongs to the ill-tempered man to be unable to bear either small slights or defeats but to be given to retaliation and revenge, and easily moved to anger by any chance deed or word. Ill-temper is accompanied by excitability of character, instability, bitter speech, and liability to take offence at trifles and to feel these feelings quickly and on slight occasions.” —Aristotle, Virtues and Vices

“Overcome anger by love, overcome evil by good. Overcome the miser by giving, overcome the liar by truth.” —Dhammapada,17:3

“Patience is never more important than when you are at the edge of losing it.” —O. A. Battista

“Quarrels never could last long, if one side only lay the wrong.” —Benjamin Franklin

“Resolve to dismiss thy judgment about an act as if it were something grievous and thy anger is gone.” —Marcus Aurelius

“Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.” —Ambrose Bierce

“Speech which argues falls short of its aim.” —Chung Tzu

“The angry person needs trouble like a fish needs water.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“The condition and characteristic of a vulgar person is that he never expects either benefit or hurt from himself, but from externals. The condition and characteristic of a philosopher is that he expects all hurt and benefit from himself.” —Lucretius

“The fool gets angry. The wise person understands.” —Indian proverb

“The great rivers flow quietly; a wise man doesn’t raise his voice.” —Chinese proverb

“The greatest remedy for anger is delay.” —Seneca

“The more arguments you win, the less friends you have.” —American proverb

“The tyranny imposed on the soul by anger, or fear, or lust, or pain, or envy, or desire, I generally call ‘injustice.’“ —Plato, Laws

“The way to change others’ minds is with affection, and not anger.” —Dalai Lama

“Those who suffer from an exaggerated sense of their own ability and accomplishment are continually subject to frustration, disappointment, and rage when reality intrudes and the world doesn’t validate their idealized view of themselves.” —The Fourteenth Dalai Lama

“To be angry is to let others’ mistakes punish yourself. To forgive others is to be good to yourself.” —Master Cheng Yen

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

“To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.” —Confucius

“To disagree, one doesn’t have to be disagreeable.” —Barry Goldwater

“When a man has done thee any wrong, immediately consider with what opinion about good or evil he has done wrong. For when thou hast seen this, thou will pity him, and wilt neither wonder nor be angry.” —Marcus Aurelius

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

“When faced with senseless drama, spiteful criticisms and misguided opinions, walking away is the best way to stand up for yourself. To respond with anger is an endorsement of their attitude.” —Dodinsky

“When we act pugnaciously, and injuriously, and angrily, and rudely, to what level have we degenerated? To the level of the wild beasts. Well, the fact is that some of us are wild beasts of a larger size, while others are little animals, malignant and petty.” —Epictetus, Discourses

“Who ranks as the highest? One who acts properly. A recluse who has a pure mind and a traveller who has renounced all. One who is never angry and who never responds to others’ anger.” —Dhammapada: The Highest,verses 388-389

“Whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad.” —Euripides, Antigone

“Wise men don’t need to prove their point. Men who need to prove their point are not wise.” —Lao Tzu

“You can only be a ‘victim’ of yourself. It’s all how you discipline your mind.” —Epictetus

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


Buddhist Legend about Anger

One day Buddha was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up to him and began to insult him.

  • “You have no right to be teaching others!” he shouted. “You are as stupid as everyone else. You are nothing but a fake!”

Buddha was not upset by these insults. He just smiled. The man insulted him again and again but the only reaction he could get back from the Buddha was a smile and silence. Finally, he stomped his feet and left cursing.

The disciples were feeling angry and one of them couldn’t keep quiet and asked the Buddha, “Why didn’t you reply to the rude man?”

The Buddha replied, “If someone offers you a gift, and you refuse to accept it, to whom does the gift belong?”

  • “Of course to the person who brought the gift,” replied the disciple.

“That is correct,” smiled the Buddha.


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