93+ Quotes on Anger (Understanding & Overcoming It)

Marcus Aurelius Quote: How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.
How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.
Marcus Aurelius
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
There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot.
Plato
He who has conquered anger has achieved a great victory in life.
Gandhi
When you are offended at any man’s fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings. Then you will forget your anger.
Epictetus
It’s a waste of energy to be angry with a man who behaves badly, just as it s to be angry with a car that won’t go.
Bertrand Russell
When anger walks it is strongest; let it rest and it gets weak.
Marcus Antonius
Anger Quote (Publilius Syrus): An angry man is again angry with himself, when he returns to reason.
An angry man is again angry with himself, when he returns to reason.
Publilius Syrus
Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.
Albert Einstein
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
If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.
Chinese Proverb
He who angers you conquers you.
Elizabeth Kenny
In anger we should refrain both from speech and action.
Pythagoras
There is nothing more galling to angry people than the coolness of those on whom they wish to vent their spleen.
Alexandre Dumas
Who ever is out of patience is out of possession of their soul.
Francis Bacon
Cultivate a heart of love that knows no anger.
Cambodian Proverb
It's my rule never to lose me temper till it would be detrimental to keep it.
Sean O'Casey
Anger Quote (Benjamin Franklin): Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.
Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.
Benjamin Franklin
It is wise to direct your anger towards problems, not people; to focus your energies on answers, not excuses.
William Arthur Ward
I was angry with my friend:
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe;
I told it not, my wrath did grow.
William Blake
Anyone can become angry – that is easy, but to be angry with the right person at the right time, and for the right purpose and in the right way – that is not within everyone’s power and that is not easy.
Aristotle
Anger is a signal, and one worth listening to.
Harriet Lerner
When we are angry, our anger is our very self. To suppress or chase away our anger is to suppress or chase away ourselves. When anger is born, we can be aware that anger is an energy in us, and we can change that energy into another kind of energy. If we want to transform it, first we have to know how to accept it.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Hatred is the anger of the weak.
Alphonse Daudet
An angry man opens his mouth and shuts his eyes.
Cato
Anger begins in folly, and ends in repentance.
Pythagoras
Anger Quote (John Dryden): Beware the fury of a patient man.
Beware the fury of a patient man.
John Dryden
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
Do not be angry with me if I tell you the truth.
Socrates
In a controversy, the instant we feel anger, we have already ceased striving for truth and have begun striving for ourselves.
Abraham J. Heschel
When angry, count to four. When very angry, swear.
Mark Twain
The one who cannot restrain their anger will wish undone, what their temper and irritation prompted them to do.
Horace
It is impossible for you to be angry and laugh at the same time. Anger and laughter are mutually exclusive and you have the poser to choose either.
Wayne Dyer
Be angry, but sin not. Let not the sun go down upon your anger. Anger must be limited and confined, both in race and in time.
Francis Bacon
Anger Quote (Charles Caleb Colton): The intoxication of anger, like that of the grape, shows us to others, but hides us from ourselves.
The intoxication of anger, like that of the grape, shows us to others, but hides us from ourselves.
Charles Caleb Colton
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
A man that does not know how to be angry does not know how to be good.
Henry Ward Beecher
Anger is short-lived madness.
Horace
No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched.
George Jean Nathan
One who smiles rather than rages is always the stronger.
Japanese Proverb
Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one.
Benjamin Franklin
Anger always comes from frustrated expectations.
Elliot Larson
Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others.
Socrates
Once you try to control or discipline your anger, then eventually even big events will not cause anger.
Dalai Lama
Anger Quote (Ambrose Bierce): Speak when you are angry – and you’ll make the best speech you’ll ever regret.
Speak when you are angry – and you’ll make the best speech you’ll ever regret.
Ambrose Bierce
When angry, a man has deserted his body.
Publilius Syrus
Anger is only one letter short of danger.
Unknown Author
To carry a grudge is like being stung to death by one bee.
William H. Walton
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
Two things a man should never be angry at: What he can help, and what he cannot help.
Thomas Fuller
A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.
The Bible
No man is ever made braver through anger, except the one who would never have been brave without anger. It comes, then, not as a help to virtue, but as a substitute for it. And is it not true that if anger were a good, it would come naturally to those who are the most perfect? But the fact is, children, old men, and the sick are most prone to anger, and weakness of any sort is by nature captious.
Seneca
The best remedy for a short temper is a long walk.
Jacqueline Schiff
Anger is a wound gone mad.
Vanna Bonta
The more anger towards the past you carry in your heart, the less capable you are for loving in the present.
Barbara de Angelis
Anger Quote (Louis L'Amour): 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.
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
Never forget what a man says to you when he is angry.
Henry Ward Beecher
Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.
James Thurber
Where two discourse, if the one’s anger rise, the man who lets the contest fall is wise.
Euripides
In times of great stress of adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.
Lee lacocca
A man is measured by the size of things that anger him
Geof Greenleaf
Hatred is settled anger.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
Anger is often more hurtful than the injury that caused it.
English Proverb
Anger repressed can poison a relationship as surely as the cruelest words.
Joyce Brothers
Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die.
Malachy McCourt
If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished?
Rumi
Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean. 
Maya Angelou
People who fly into a rage always make a bad landing.
Will Rogers
Tis hard to fight with anger, but the prudent man keeps it under control.
Democritus
Anger as soon as fed is dead
Tis starving makes it fat.
Emily Dickinson
Anger Quote by Seneca: Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful to us than the injury that provokes it.
Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful to us than the injury that provokes it.
Seneca
At the core of all anger is a need that is not being fulfilled.
Marshall B. Rosenberg
Anger blows out the lamp of the mind.
Robert Green Ingersoll
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.
Carl Sandburg
A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green. 
Francis Bacon
If a small thing has the power to make you angry, does that not indicate something about your size?
Sydney J. Harris
Anger is like those ruins which smash themselves on what they fall.
Seneca
A man is about as big as the things that make him angry.
Winston Churchill
Never write a letter while you are angry.
Chinese Proverb
Anger is a bad counsellor.
French Proverb

Sappho Quote: When anger spreads through the breath, guard thy tongue...
When anger spreads through the breath, guard thy tongue from barking idly.
Sappho
Anger is momentary madness, so control your passion or it will control you.
Horace
For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
A woman can hide her love for 40 years, but her disgust and anger not for one day.
Arabian Proverb
Anger is natural. It’s part of the force. You just have to learn to hang out with it.
Tori Amos
If you kick a stone in anger, you’ll hurt your own foot.
Korean Proverb
Anger ventilated often hurries toward forgiveness; and concealed often hardens into revenge.
Edward Bulwer-Lytton
When anger rises, think of the consequences.
Confucius
Anger is just a cowardly extension of sadness. It's a lot easier to be angry at someone than it is to tell them you're hurt.
Tom Gates
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 harms we do, we do to ourselves.
Mitch Albom


Not the fastest horse can catch a word spoken in anger.
Chinese Proverb
Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.
Mohandas Gandhi
When thou art above measure angry, bethink thee how momentary is man's life.
Marcus Aurelius



A Seeker's Thoughts on Anger

Anger is a powerful emotion, and mostly its an emotion that conquers the human will. Anyone who knows someone with a violent temper knows the somewhat frightening effects of anger. If it is used in a wise way, which very seldom is the case, anger could be an effective means of achieving something which isn't so easily achieved by other means.

That being said, I don't recommend using anger, unless this anger arises from the cultivated stillness of your soul. Then it could very well be appropriate for the given moment.