It can be easy to let difficult emotions control you, but these anger quotes will show you why that’s not a good idea and what to do instead.
Every person will have things happen in their life that cause them to be angry. It could be that someone betrayed you, lied to you, or wronged you in some other way. Anger happens. The feeling is normal, but that doesn’t mean it should control you.
Learning how to properly deal with anger can make a huge difference in the way you’re able to live and enjoy life. Keep reading these anger quotes to learn more.
Don’t forget to also check out these letting go quotes that will inspire you to finally move on.
Anger quotes on how to express it
1. “Anger is like a storm rising up from the bottom of your consciousness. When you feel it coming, turn your focus to your breath.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
2. “Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.” – Ambrose Bierce
3. “Expressing anger is necessary.” – Jenny Holzer
4. “Generally speaking, if a human being never shows anger, then I think something’s wrong. He’s not right in the brain.” – Dalai Lama
5. “If we wish to express anger fully, the first step is to divorce the other person from any responsibility for our anger.” – Marshall Rosenberg
6. “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
Anger quotes on how to not be controlled by it
7. “Angry people are not always wise.” – Jane Austen
8. “Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.” – Proverbs 29:11
9. “There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot.” – Plato
10. “Anger is the feeling that makes your mouth work faster than your mind.” – Evan Esar
11. “For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
12. “If you try to get rid of fear and anger without knowing their meaning, they will grow stronger and return.” – Deepak Chopra
13. “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
14. “Get mad, then get over it.” – Colin Powell
15. “Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.” – Ecclesiastes 7:9
16. “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
17. “Don’t waste your time in anger, regrets, worries and grudges. Life is too short to be unhappy.” – Roy T. Bennett
18. “You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.” – Buddha
Moving past anger quotes
19. “Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight.” – Phyllis Diller
20. “Most misunderstandings in the world could be avoided if people would simply take the time to ask, ‘What else could this mean?’” – Shannon Alder
21. “Don’t hold to anger, hurt or pain. They steal your energy and keep you from love.” – Leo Buscaglia
22. “Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you are.” – Cherie Carter-Scott
23. “To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.” – Robert Muller
24. “Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger.” – Henry Ward Beecher
25. “When anger rises, think of the consequences.” – Confucius
26. “Being unable to control your temper is no less of an illness than being anxious or depressed, and it deserves every bit as much sympathy.” – John Crawford
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27. “I believe that things should be let go once they are discussed. Apology accepted. End of story.” – Brad Goreski
28. “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.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
Anger quotes about its dangers
29. “The more anger towards the past you carry in your heart, the less capable you are of loving in the present.” – Barbara De Angelis
30. “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 Album
31. “Holding on to anger, resentment and hurt only gives you tense muscles, a headache and a sore jaw from clenching your teeth. Forgiveness gives you back the laughter and the lightness in your life.” – Joan Lunden
32. “Anger, resentment and jealousy doesn’t change the heart of others—it only changes yours.” – Shannon Alder
33. “A grudge is like being stung to death by one bee.” – William Walton
34. “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
35. “Men in rage strike those that wish them best.” – William Shakespeare
36. “When you hold on to anger and unforgiveness, you can’t move forward.” – Mary J. Blige
37. “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
Anger quotes about when anger is good
38. “It is wise to direct your anger towards problems — not people; to focus your energies on answers — not excuses.” – William Arthur Ward
39. “In days that follow, I discover that anger is easier to handle than grief.” – Emily Giffin
40. “Poetry = Anger x Imagination” – Sherman Alexie
41. “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
Insightful anger quotes
42. “Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.” – Maya Angelou
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43. “The best fighter is never angry.” – Lao Tzu
44. “How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.” – Marcus Aurelius
45. “The fiercest anger of all, the most incurable, is that which rages in the place of dearest love.” – Euripides
46. “Never forget what a man says to you when he is angry.” – Henry Ward Beecher
47. “When someone says that I’m angry it’s actually a compliment. I have not always been direct with my anger in my relationships, which is part of why I’d write about it in my songs because I had such fear around expressing anger as a woman.” – Alanis Morissette
48. “Anger is stupid, and stupidity will kill you more surely than your opponent’s blade.” – Patricia Briggs
49. “When angry, count four. When very angry, swear.” – Mark Twain
50. “Whatever begun in anger ends in shame.” – Benjamin Franklin
More anger quotes and sayings
51. “Angry people want you to see how powerful they are… loving people want you to see how powerful You are.” – Chief Red Eagle
52. “You can’t selectively numb your anger, any more than you can turn off all lights in a room, and still expect to see the light.” – Shannon L. Alder
53. “Do not let your anger lead to hatred, as you will hurt yourself more than you would the other.” – Stephen Richards
54. “Sometimes, it took seconds to control your anger, only to avoid the state of eternal feud.” – Toba Beta
55. “I am heartened to find so much wit in you, that you’d give thought to consequences and choose your way with reason, not passion only.” – Deborah J. Lightfoot
56. “If people keep stepping on you, wear a pointy hat.” – Joyce Rachelle
57. “To remove your anger, you need to remove your comfort.” – P.S. Jagadeesh Kumar
58. “If you are self-aware of what you are going through, you would be in a better position to understand others, and affect people around you.” – Oscar Auliq-Ice
59. “Anger could be a gift only if it’s used wisely.” – Dido Stargaze
60. “What is bitterly done in uncontrolled anger cannot be undone.” – Vinod Varghese Antony
What did you learn from these anger quotes?
It’s easy to let your anger get the best of you. But as many of these quotes show, it usually leads to even bigger problems.
Staying angry at other people steals your joy and power in life. While you feel that your anger is paying back the other person, it’s usually only hurting you more.
Learning to forgive is not easy. If you’re struggling with anger in your life, choose a few of the quotes above and write them down somewhere where you will see them on a regular basis.
Keep focusing on the danger that anger can bring and the benefit that you’ll receive from moving past it.
What’s your biggest takeaway from these anger quotes and sayings? Do you have any other inspirational quotes to add? Let us know in the comment section below.
February 26, 2021 6:00 AM EST