3 Quotes – Anger

Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.

Maya Angelou, American poet

born:  April 4, 1928
died:  May 28, 2014

Fear is the only true enemy, born of ignorance and the parent of anger and hate.

Edward Albert, American actor
born:  February 20, 1951
died:  –

Generally speaking, if a human being never shows anger, then I think something is wrong. He’s not right in the brain.

Dalai Lama, Tibetan leader
born:  July 6, 1935
died:  –




Which are your favourite ‘anger’ quotes?  🙂

My favourite quote is by James Thurber – as you have probably guessed by my blogs’ subtitles.  😀



23 thoughts on “3 Quotes – Anger

    • An example: An animal that has been mistreated becomes aggressive. The fear of further torture turns to anger and/or the intention to defend itself.

      • To play devil’s advocate ;), the mistreatment probably comes from unresolved anger in the human owner, so that leads to fear in the dog, right? Maybe it’s a chicken or egg thing?

      • Considering two individuals you are right. Considering one individual… 😉
        It certainly differs each time, Luanne.

    • Thank you very much, Debby. I couldn’t agree more. I used to keep my tongue, all bitterness inside. Luckily, I could change that. 🙂

  1. Great quotes, and good timing with the topic! I am writing a scene where these quotes apply quite nicely, and it has given me some inspiration 🙂

  2. The only anger quote I’ve ever remembered is from the bible. I hope I’m not preaching when I quote this! Here it is: “Let not the sun go down on your wrath.” In other words, resolve a problem before it becomes a bigger problem. It’s the only quote I’ve ever remembered about the subject.

    • This is a very healthy quote, Jack. Someone who is furious and/or carrying a grudge often suffers from insomnia, this can affect his heart, etc.
      As I stated in a previous comment, it is better to briefly flare, calm down, go on.

  3. Looking through some other quotes as well, that I found, It is interesting with anger, as Carol says, some see it as a good thing and some as a bad thing. I guess it can be both!

    • You are absolutely right. Anger can be both. It depends on how we handle our anger. Carrying a grudge is unhealthy. So is suppressed anger. Letting it out – briefly – and getting back to normal is way better for yourself and for the others around you.

  4. It’s interesting that Maya Angelou and the Dalai Lama advocate the expression of anger while Edward Albert tells to to suppress it. I quite like coldhandboyack’s Buddha quote.

    • There are different possibilities to handle anger. The healthiest option is to briefly flare up, calm down – case closed.
      Those who suppress their anger get eaten up from within and explode. Not good.
      Equally unhealthy: the never-ending grudge.
      Craig’s Buddha quote is awesome.

  5. Like all ancient quotes, the origin of this one is questionable. It is attributed to Buddha: “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of harming another; you end up getting burned.”

    • This is a great quote, Craig. It is typical for Gautama Buddha. When he started contemplating everything from a different angle, some important guidelines for mankind were born.

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