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Inspirational and Insightful Quotations #24 --- Anger
Quotations on Anger
Anger is the sweat of thought–verily, verily, a death sweat!
—Elbert Hubbard, The Philistine, East Aurora, N.Y., October 1906.
Anger is weakness going to war without its armor.
—Leonard J. Lea, Saints' Herald, Independence, Mo., July 22, 1957.
Anger is the poorest expression of opinion. Anger is one of the first signs of a weak case. Anger is one way of admitting that we are at least partially wrong. Anger is usually a foe of the exact facts. Anger is usually guilty of making one indifferent to reason. Anger is just one step removed from insanity. Anger is the surest insulation against friendship.
—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Jan. 8, 1933.
Anger is the poorest of all self-expression. Anger is the most useless argument. Anger is the most futile use of energy. Anger is always a loss if allowed to run riot. Anger is the best assurance of defeat. Anger is the best refuse of those who have run out of arguments. Anger is the poorest expression with which we are equipped.
—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., March 2, 1935.
Anger in most cases is simply vulgarity. Anger seldom contributes to the solution of any problem. Anger is the poorest accompaniment of any speech. Anger unfits a man for careful reasoning. Anger seldom makes a man more effective in anything except abusiveness. Anger always leaves a man with a hangover. Anger needs to be kept under the most careful guard.
---Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Aug. 10, 1938.
Anger begins with suspicion and ends with fury. Anger begins with folly and ends with same. Anger begins with fear and ends with defeat. Anger begins with passion and ends in regrets. Anger begins with falsehood and ends in outrage. Anger begins with hatred and ends with death. Anger begins with jealousy and ends in madness.
---Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., May 2, 1942.
Anger always make a poor impression. Anger always blinds the mind and paralyzes the heart. Anger always reveals the worst within a man. Anger always opens the doors that the foulest may be seen. Anger always abandons reason and corrupts justice. Anger always writes a death sentence for something.
---Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., May 27, 1942.
Anger has made more men foolish than brave. Anger is the poorest way for any man to express himself. Anger is never more to be feared than when it appears in a patient man. Anger costs us more friends than weakness does. Anger is always blind. Anger always takes its worst revenge upon the angry man. Anger always fills the mind with conceit. You will lose more by angry words than by anyone’s enmity.
---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Jan. 15, 1930.
To get angry when a competitor succeeds is to admit that he deserved to succeed. To get angry when things cannot be helped is to make them worse. To get angry when people do not agree with you is to discredit the worth of your opinion. To get angry when you can’t have your own way is to prove you cannot be trusted.
---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., June 26, 1930.
If you want to prove that you are small, let some small man make you angry.
---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Jan. 30, 1930.
No power can make us angry unless we choose to get angry.
---Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., April 10, 1933.
When men grow angry it is a sign they are running out of arguments.
---Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Dec. 17, 1937.
Nothing can be done in anger that does not come back with regrets.
---Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., May 3, 1941.
An angry man is seldom facing his facts.
---Roy L. Smith, Christian Advocate, Chicago, Ill., Dec. 2, 1943.
You can measure a man by the size of the irritation that causes him to lose his head.
---Roy L. Smith, Christian Advocate, Chicago, Ill., Jan. 20, 1944.
Some people seem to think they have not spoken forcibly if they have not spoken angrily.
---Roy L. Smith, Christian Advocate, Chicago, Ill., July 27, 1944.
It often happens that a man loses his head trying to save his face.
---Roy L. Smith, Christian Advocate, Chicago, Ill., April 15, 1948.
Silence saves our self-respect while anger always brings remorse.
---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Sept. 10, 1930.
If you are tempted to give someone a piece of your mind, find out whether you have any to spare.
---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Jan. 20, 1931.
It is difficult to get a reasonable judgment out of an angry man.
---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Feb. 8, 1932.
Nothing is so impotent as rage.
---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., May 17, 1934.
We often excuse anger on the basis of provocation, but seldom on the basis of lack of self-control.
---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., May 5, 1936.
An angry man seldom increases his self-respect with his temper.
---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Sept. 23, 1938.
Very little has ever been accomplished by anger.
---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Nov. 29, 1939.
The advertising of anger increases the amusement of the crowd.
---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., July 17, 1942.
No man can make you angry; you do that for yourself.
---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Aug. 25, 1942.
Much trouble is made in this world by people who do their thinking after they have done their exploding.
—Roy L. Smith, Christian Advocate, Chicago, Ill., Dec. 5, 1946.
If you feel anger swelling up within you, put on the brakes and force delay. Delay usually kills anger in the same way that time heals most wounds and solves most problems.
—Phil Conley, The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss., Feb. 8, 1948.
Don’t permit anger to spoil your life. If you are right, you don’t need to get angry; if you are wrong, you don’t dare to get angry.
—Phil Conley, The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss., March 3, 1949.
Anger is the root of all the aggressive passions.
—Horace Fletcher, The Daily Picayune, New Orleans, La., Nov. 18, 1895.
Envy, spite, revenge, impatience, annoyance, selfishness, prejudice, unrest and the like are all phases of anger.
—Horace Fletcher, The Daily Picayune, New Orleans, La., Nov. 18, 1895.
Don’t be overanxious to give someone “a piece of your mind;” the loss may be too keenly felt.
---Elijah Powell Brown, Duluth Evening Herald, Duluth, Minn., Feb. 18, 1899.
To jump down a man’s throat is a poor way to get to his heart.
---Elijah Powell Brown, Duluth Evening Herald, Duluth, Minn., Sept. 9, 1899.
Boiling anger scalds nobody’s fingers but our own.
---Elijah Powell Brown, Duluth Evening Herald, Duluth, Minn., Aug. 17, 1901.
Anger is not converted by calling it indignation.
---Elijah Powell Brown, Fulton County News, McConnelsburg, Pa., June 7, 1905.
Nursing your anger is nursing a viper.
---Elijah Powell Brown, Juniata Sentinel and Republican, Mifflintown, Pa., June 28, 1899.
Procrastination is a virtue when applied to anger.
---Elijah Powell Brown, Lexington Gazette, Lexington, Va., Aug. 15, 1900.
The reason some folks “lose their mind” must be that they have given others “a piece of their mind” so often, they have none left for themselves.
---Elijah Powell Brown, Hennessey Clipper, Hennessey, Okla., Jan. 19, 1899.
One who has but little mind is the most ready to give others “a piece” of it.
---James Milton Racer, The Citizen, Berea, Ky., June 30, 1904.
The man who has no mind of his own is anxious to give everyone a piece of it.
‑‑‑Henry F. Cope, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., Nov. 12, 1905.
When giving someone a piece of your mind, be sure there’s something remaining behind.
—Bill Copeland, Sarasota Journal, Sarasota, Fla., June 14, 1966.
Before you give somebody a piece of your mind, be certain you can get along with what you have left.
‑‑Roy E. Gibson, Nephi Times‑News, Nephi, Utah, April 12, 1951.
The kind of people who are constantly "giving somebody a piece of their minds" are usually the ones who need every bit of it they can scrape together for themselves.
‑‑‑Roberta Lyndon, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., May 18, 1941.
Flying off the handle suggests you have a screw loose.
‑‑‑B.C. Forbes, Forbes Magazine, New York, N.Y., May 15, 1930.
It's hard to get on if you go off the handle.
‑‑‑B.C. Forbes, Forbes Magazine, New York, N.Y., March 15, 1933.
The ability to explode on the slightest provocation does not prove a man is dynamic.
—Roy E. Gibson, Nephi Times-News, Nephi, Utah, Feb. 9, 1956.
When you see red, stop–whether in traffic or an argument.
—Theodore L. Cannon, Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, Sept. 4, 1959.
Anger is that ignited bitterness that infects and splashes on everyone in its vicinity.
‑‑John Sullivan, Shreveport Journal, Shreveport, La., Feb. 26, 1983.
The way to avoid hard feelings is to give soft answers.
—Dan Valentine, Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, Utah, March 7, 1953.
The trouble with talking when you’re angry is that your mind can’t keep up with what you are saying.
---Beverly Gray, The Calgary Herald, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, May 21, 1949.
Anger is a composite picture of all the baser passions.
---Frank Hilton Greer, Oklahoma State Capital, Guthrie, Okla., Oct. 1, 1908.
Refrain from hopping on your neighbor’s corns when you get hopping mad.
---Frank Hilton Greer, Oklahoma State Capital, Guthrie, Okla., Oct. 10, 1909.
To be able to hold your tongue when your temper is unstrung is an achievement that is worthy the mantle of the best of men. Even the truth spoken in anger is bad like a lie uttered in jest.
‑‑‑A.J. Gearheard, The Shreveport Times, Shreveport, La., July 13, 1924.
You always stay mad the longest over something you aren’t quite sure whether you should be mad at all.
---John Merrill Chilcote, St. Joseph News-Press, St. Joseph, Mo., April 20, 1958.
If we allow anger and despondency to control us, we can bring upon our heads a curse that cannot be relieved for years.
---John F. Easley, Daily Ardmoreite, Ardmore, Okla., Oct. 26, 1914.
After an outburst of anger, the lips seem as if sealed with a sign, “Opened by Mistake.”
---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., April 7, 1957.
He who can suppress a moment’s anger, by so doing, prevents a day of sorrow for himself and another.
---Orison Swett Marden, Success Magazine, New York, N.Y., March 1906.
For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.
‑‑‑Lee R. Call, Star Valley Independent, Afton, Wyo., March 21, 1974.
Anger is the welding of our baser passions.
---J. Marvin Nichols, Amsterdam Evening Recorder, Amsterdam, N.Y., Aug. 25, 1931.
Cross words will double-cross you every time.
---John L. Brown, Aurora Daily Star, Aurora, Ill., May 20, 1922.
What passion sows in madness is always reaped in sadness.
---John Wesley Holland, Perry Herald, Perry, N.Y., Aug. 7, 1935.
Each time anger is expressed it grows.
---John Wesley Holland, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, N.Y., Aug. 4, 1937.
When you allow yourself to become angry at a man, you become temporarily his inferior.
---John Wesley Holland, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, N.Y., Dec. 2, 1939.
People always say they are not themselves when tempted by anger into betraying what they really are.
---E.W. “Ed” Howe, Youngstown Vindicator, Youngstown, Ohio, March 2, 1912.
About the only kind of man we ever heard of who never made anyone angry was a dead man.
---Carl J.G. Brown, Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kan., Oct. 22, 1935.
You'll never get to the top if you blow yours.
‑‑‑Wesley S. Izzard, Amarillo Daily News, Amarillo, Texas, Sept. 14, 1961.
Anger flushes the face and empties the heart.
---Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, May 20, 1926.
Anger is spiritual dynamite.
---Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, Sept. 12, 1929.
Anger is more than loss of temper. In its ravages of the soul are found other associates, malice, wrath, hared, hardness, vindictiveness, and revenge. These all, and many others, accompan]y] the victim of anger. These all shut out the light of love and breed in that soul darkness which colors the very eyes and dulls the very ears of its victim. It releases the disturbing influence of bitterness, and sends it like blue currents through the veins. It leads in the direction of violence. In its path appears murder and death; the grace and the doom of the damned.
---Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, May 13, 1926.
We must learn to keep ourselves under control. To give way to anger on the least provocation is to become enslaved in a dangerous habit. It seems true that there are forces in life out to get us, and the first step in our downfall is to get us angry at something or somebody. An angry man is easily led astray. Anger is probably an expression of an unhappy existence. We begin gradually to find fault and criticize because we ourselves are not happy inside. We let this habit grow until our very presence sours the pleasures of more normal people. We are soon boycotted by friends, and this leads to more unhappiness and a great expression of anger. We could end this vicious cycle if we would. Begin today by saying something good about somebody. Try to criticize less and praise more. Soon we find our outlook on life has changed, and we begin to enjoy life instead of finding it a burden. The more we smile and find good in people, the more friends we have, and the more friends we have the happier we are. The sunny disposition pays mighty good dividends. Why not begin to receive your share? A little effort brings life’s best to us.
---Chelsea H. “C.H.” Kelley, Williamson Daily News, Williamson, W. Va., Oct. 7, 1948.
Anger is an overheated bearing in the temper which causes the brain to stop working until it is cooled off. However the brain is the only part of an angry person which stops working. An angry man is the busiest specimen of humanity. It keeps the tongue, eyes, arms, legs and teeth busy doing justice to some cases of anger; and it takes a full hospital corps and often a reinforced police department to handle the results. Anger produces startlingly different effects on its victims. Some men are angry exclusively with their tongues. Others have quick-tempered fists, while still others have nervous and excitable trigger fingers. There are men who cannot express anger without the aid of a brick and there are men who will nurse a case of bad temper for months until election time enables them to make a cross where it will do the object of their wrath the least good.
---George H. Fitch, Youngstown Vindicator, Youngstown, Ohio, Nov. 25, 1912.
The condition of uncontrolled anger is the condition of the beast. The beast knows no restraints that come from a trained mind or the human spirit at its best. Therefore it is always best, if you find you have slipped into anger, not to do anything while in that state that calls for the exercise of judgment. For example, it is never safe to write a letter when angry. In anger we are not normal. We are almost certain to do the wrong thing or say the wrong thing. Animals have anger but they do not have judgment.
---Grove H. Patterson, Meriden Record, Meriden, Conn, March 20, 1929.
Our first impulse when we have been overlooked or snubbed, when somebody has failed to give us the attention which our vanity demands, is to be angry and perhaps a bit revengeful. Of course we ourselves are to blame. If we haven't lived or acted or performed our part in life in such a way as to impress others with our importance, we alone are to blame. No use trying to make people respect us by pretense; no use being hurt or angry when they do not. We get what we ARE.
—Grove Patterson, Milwaukee Sentinel, Milwaukee, Wis., May 22, 1931.
The angry are not brave. Anger is the form of fear. Anger is a nervous panic caused by the realization of one"s own impotency. When our souls get hot and boil over, it is a sign they are too small. There is only one person who is injured when you get angry and that one is yourself. Your petulance harms yourself and the people who are sentenced to live with you. Quit it, for it is the mark of a coward! We do not "fly" into a passion; we descend into it. We step right down from manhood and become brothers of the snappery cur and the hissing cat.
—Carlysle H. Holcomb, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Nov. 15, 1952.
Sometimes it may be advisable to lash out at a person but the thing should be done only after calm reflection decides that such an operation is necessary. The step should never be taken because of anger. Anger is a destructive force; a move made under its influence is likely to be destructive. Whenever we accomplish anything good while we are actuated by anger, we can give our lucky stars the credit—not our intelligence. Temper is a fine force when under control. A person who has lost control of his temper has lost control of his power. Quiet determination is the thing—and usually it can be improved by the addition of courtesy. Persons who govern themselves can the better govern others, for they do not spit out remarks which sting and rankle. Sometimes, of course, you may do some good by cutting him to the quick; but he is apt never to forgive you.
---Wickes Wamboldt, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., March 12, 1937.
He said, “I shall not speak to him about the matter while I am angry.” A good rule is never to do anything while angry that could have had a bad kickback. It is all right while angry to take a walk, to chop wood, to sweep the cellar, to mow the lawn, to make the beds; but not to do anything that one’s anger could affect adversely. A person who is angry is more or less irresponsible; he is more or less insane. Be careful how you deal with a person while you are angry or while he is angry. Something unfortunate might happen. Anger is power gone wild. One should always be the master of one’s power. And remember that he who conquers himself is greater than he who takes a city. Literally that statement is true. He who conquers a city cannot take it with him when he leaves this world but he is compelled to take himself.
---Wickes Wamboldt, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., Sept. 11, 1942.
A man will better govern himself if conscious of the uselessness of anger. It is easier to get mad and offend than it is to apologize.
—W.H. Johnson, Baptist Standard, Dallas, Texas, July 5, 1906.
Anger is a boomerang; it does infinitely more harm to the person who feels it than the person toward whom it is directed. The man who is literally "speechless with rage" when he loses his temper--and there are such persons-- is generally consumed by it, as by some inner flame. Not infrequently, it ends by making him violently ill. On the other hand, a man who explodes, who storms and shouts and swears, though he may claim that he feels better afterward, must know in his heart that he has not acted like an intelligent child, but like an undisciplined child. And the man who nurses a grudge, who vows vengeance for some fancied--or even some real--wrong, is embittering his own outlook in at least one direction and very often ends it by warping it in a good many. In these and many other forms, our anger represents a mischievous devil within us.
—Frances Parkinson Keyes, This Week, New York, N.Y., May 4, 1952.
Anger is usually a confession of guilt somewhere.
—Dewey O. Miller, The Wesleyan Youth, Marion, Ind., January 1962.
Anger is the key that locks the door to one's better judgment.
—Dewey O. Miller, The Wesleyan Youth, Marion, Ind., February 1962.
Anger is mental strangulation.
—Dewey O. Miller, The Wesleyan Youth, Marion, Ind., August 1962.
Conclusions reached when you are angry always have to be overhauled.
—Bert Moses, Lake Charles American-Press, Lake Charles, La., Dec. 21, 1926.
The man who cannot control his anger places many obstacles in the pathway of his own success.
—Byron Williams, Illinois State Journal, Springfield, Ill., Feb. 29, 1908.
Anger turned away is friendship turned on.
—Bill Copeland, Sarasota Journal, Sarasota, Fla., Dec. 13, 1966.
The man who gets angry suffers more than the fellow who is the object of his anger.
—William C. Hunter, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., Feb. 27, 1910.
Anger is just the ego on a wild rampage.
—Nephi Jensen, Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, March 17, 1928.
The levers that set anger loose are remarkably diverse in size and shape. ... Whatever sets anger on its rampage, two facts are usually beyond dispute: first, the reason given is less than the reason, and second, the commander has lost command of himself.
—Roy Pearson, Saints' HeraId, Independence, Mo., July 24, 1961.
Anger doesn't pay. It is better to swallow a lump in one's throat than to try to spit it out.
---American Fork Citizen, American Fork, Utah, Aug. 15, 1925.
When reason is dethroned, anger becomes the dictator.
---The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Jan. 26, 1935.
Anger is an expensive indulgence. It costs in health and frequently in self‑respect.
‑‑‑Cannon Courier, Woodbury, Tenn., Jan. 15, 1932.
To be angry is to revenge the fault of others upon ourselves.
‑‑‑Catholic Telegraph, Cincinnati, Ohio, Feb. 11, 1832.
To be angry with anyone is to punish yourself with his faults.
-‑‑Daily Herald, Provo, Utah, Oct. 11, 1944.
To swallow one's wrath is harder than to swallow a chicken bone.
---Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, Nov. 29, 1911.
The finger of scorn is no index of a man's character.
---Galveston Daily News, Galveston, Texas, March 17, 1892.
When you give one a piece of your mind be sure it is not the last piece.
‑‑‑Galveston Daily News, Galveston, Texas, July 7,1897.
Anger is the destruction left behind among the people who have forgotten what caused it.
---Houston Post, Houston, Texas, Jan. 13, 1964.
When you want to stop sailing on the sea of madness, toss out your anger.
---Humboldt Star, Winnemucca, Nev., May 10, 1943.
A storm of indignation often ends with a reign of terror.
---Idaho Statesman, Boise, Idaho, June 27, 1919.
Indignation is a bitter pill to swallow.
---Idaho Statesman, Boise, Idaho, Aug. 3, 1919.
The man who gets red hot with wrath seldom sets the world on fire.
---Idaho Statesman, Boise, Idaho, Nov. 1, 1925.
When you swallow a mad spell you technically choke with rage.
‑‑‑Illinois State Journal, Springfield, Ill., June 3, 1920.
Flying into a rage is not good aviation practice.
---The Meriden Daily Journal, Meriden, Conn., Sept. 19, 1918.
It is best to think twice before you speak in anger—and then to keep right on thinking.
---Meriden Record, Meriden, Conn., Sept. 19, 1929.
Many people keep their anger in vacuum bottles.
---Milwaukee Journal, Milwaukee, Wis., Jan. 8, 1912.
A man’s never in worse company than when he gets angry and is beside himself.
—Milwaukee Journal, Milwaukee, Wis., July 27, 1968.
Life is a puzzle at best, and cross words only make it more difficult to solve.
---Wayne Countian, Clifton, Tenn., Jan. 30, 1925.
All persons given to anger are apt to dwell on the provocation that they have received and utterly forget the provocation they gave.
‑‑‑Zion's Herald, Boston, Mass., Feb. 27, 1823.