They are fools who cannot
but they are
wise people who will not.
When I was a girl, my temper often got out of
bounds. But one day when I became angry at a friend over
some trivial matter, my mother said to me, "Elizabeth,
anyone who angers you conquers you."
angry can sometimes be like leaping into a wonderfully
responsive sports car, gunning the motor, taking off at a high
speed and then discovering the brakes are out of order.
source of peace is within us; so also the source of war.And the real enemy
is within us, and not outside.The source of war is not the existence of nuclear weapons
or other arms.It is the minds of human beings who decide to push the button
and to use those arms out of hatred, anger or greed.
-the Dalai Lama
is a symptom, a way of
cloaking and expressing feelings
too awful to
bitterness, grief and, most of all, fear.
is not only inevitable, it is necessary. Its absence
means indifference, the most disastrous of all human failings.
Those who smile rather than rage are always the
stronger. -Japanese wisdom
Never respond to an
angry person with a fiery comeback, even if he or she deserves it. . .
. Don't allow his or her anger to become your anger.
-Bohdi Sanders, Warrior Wisdom
No person can think clearly
his or her fists are clenched. -George Jean Nathan
How could I feel so
miserable in the midst of such splendor? The question flashed
through me all at once, not waiting for words to express it. The
more slowly: No one makes you angry. Anger,
like love, is something you choose. Stunned, I sat down in the
middle of the field I'd been walking through. I knew I needed to
look within myself, let go of my anger and have a quiet talk with God.
Anger destroys the angry person and all
those around him or her. The angry father
can cause fear and
terror among his children. The angry wife and mother
manipulate with a force and subtlety that can be felt for
years. Open anger roars through human relations with a
destructive force--a firestorm. The hidden anger that burns and attacks and manipulates
can last for years. It destroys the underbrush; it twists
and poisons the ground growth. And so with us. The ferocious exterior flame is
uncontrollable except over
a long period of work and time.
We must isolate our anger and allow it to burn itself out.
-Edward J. Lavin, S.J.
as anger lives,
she continues to be
fruitful mother of
unhappy children. -St. John
in its time and place,
May assume a kind of grace.
It must have some reason in it,
And not last beyond a minute.
If to further lengths it go,
It does into malice grow.
'Tis the difference we can see
'Twixt the serpent and the bee.
If the latter you provoke,
It inflicts a hasty stroke,
Put you to some little pain,
But it never stings again.
in tufted bush or brake
Lurks the poison-swelled snake
Nursing up his cherished wrath;
In the purlieus* of his path,
In the cold, or in the warm,
Mean him good, or mean him harm,
Wheresoever fate may bring you
The vile snake will always sting you.
and Mary Lamb
where one goes often
makes you smaller, while forgiveness
you to grow beyond
what you were. -Cherie
when you are angry and
you will make the best speech you will ever regret.
toward him. "Edward," she said softly. It was
the first time she had called him by name. "Learn this from me.
Holding anger is a poison. It eats you from inside. We
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
"Forgive, Edward. Forgive.
Do you remember the lightness
you felt when you first arrived in heaven?"
Eddie did. Where is my pain?
"That's because no one is born with
anger. And when we die,
the soul is freed of it. But now, here, in order to move on, you must
understand why you felt what you did, and why you no longer need to
She touched his hand.
"You need to forgive your father."
from The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Rhodes' slave! Selling shoes and gingham,
Flour and bacon, overalls, clothing, all day long
For fourteen hours a day for three hundred and thirteen
for more than twenty years.
Saying "Yes'm" and "Yes, sir" and
A thousand times a day, and all for fifty dollars a month.
Living in this stinking room in the rattle-trap "Commercial."
And compelled to go to Sunday School, and to listen
To the Rev. Abner Peet one hundred and four times a year
For more than an hour at a time,
Because Thomas Rhodes ran the church
As well as the store and the bank.
So while I was tying my neck-tie that morning
I suddenly saw myself in the glass:
My hair all gray, my face like a sodden pie.
So I cursed and cursed: You damned old thing!
You cowardly dog! You rotten pauper!
You Rhodes' slave! Till Roger Baughman
Thought I was having a fight with someone,
And looked through the transom just in time
To see me fall on the floor in a heap
From a broken vein in my head.
Edgar Lee Masters
from Spoon River Anthology
The angry person reacts in anger and causes others to be
angry, and a cycle begins. My hope is that I'm able to be
a person who ends such a cycle, a person who reacts to
anger with love and understanding, because the angry
people need that more than anything else. Reacting in
anger is merely perpetuating these people's belief that
their anger is justified, but reacting in love may get
them to question whether or not their anger is justified,
effective, and/or helpful to them. . . .
When I'm tempted to react angrily myself, I try to
remember to ask myself this question: Am I contributing
to the anger in the world, or am I contributing to the
peace and love in the world? I need to contribute to the
love--we all do. Love is the only power that can cause a
permanent change. -Tom Walsh
Angry people are
insecure people. Anger becomes a
face-saving device to cover up deficiencies of another sort.
Don't be fooled by the domineering character of an angry person.
Know that during moments of anger there dwells a poor
is the most futile emotion one can experience. It is totally
and feeds on one's irrational, vindictive, and punitive nature.
nothing but a wider rift between persons, a growing dissatisfaction
and empty feeling where loving understanding ought to be.
Anger is the wind which
blows out the lamp of the mind. -Robert Ingersoll
Anger repressed can poison a relationship
as surely as the cruelest words.
want to help us throw out what is unwanted and keep only
what is wanted.But what
is left may not be very much.If
to throw away what we donít want, we may throw away most of
Instead of acting as if we can dispose of parts of ourselves, we
the art of transformation.We
can transform our anger, for example,
into something more wholesome, like understanding.We do not need surgery
to remove our anger.If
we become angry at our anger, we will have two angers
at the same time.We only
have to observe it with love and attention.If we take care
of our anger this way, without trying to run away from it, it will
This is peacemaking.If
we are peaceful in ourselves, we can make peace
with our anger.We can
deal with depression, anxiety, fear,
or any unpleasant feeling in the same way.
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When you're genuinely angry,
it means one of two things: either something that your
essential self needs is absent, or something your essential self
can't tolerate is present. To make the anger go away, you
have to change the situation. That isn't possible if you
don't know what's making you angry. However, pinpointing the
source of anger is often more difficult than identifying the cause
of fear and grief. That's because anger is so volatile, so
fraught with danger. We may be loath to turn it on a person
we love, or a job we desperately need, because we equate anger
with absolute destruction of the relationship. The truth, of
course, is that we ruin our relationships (to things or people)
when we harbor anger without acting on it. No matter how
frightening or irrational your anger may seem, acknowledging that
you are angry is the first step toward a peaceful and cooperative
connection with the world around you.
-Martha Beck, Finding
Your Own North Star
In living our day-to-day
life, we may have been involved in situations where tempers flared
out of control. Although anger may be considered a natural,
self-protective reaction in moments of great frustration,
"meeting fire with fire" often seems to compound the
problem. Usually a moderate approach is best, and water, not
fire, extinguishes a fire. The writer of the book of
Proverbs acknowledged this truth when he wrote, "A soft
answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger."
Learning the art of giving "a soft answer" can give you
an advantage in moments of great tension, when emotions tend to
take over. -John
Marks Templeton, Worldwide Laws of Life