June 13, 2024

Anger Quotes

 Anger Quotes

Anger is a powerful emotion that has been both condemned and praised throughout history. While it can lead to destruction and violence, it can also drive individuals to fight against injustice and seek positive change. Many famous figures from various fields have reflected on anger, offering insights into its nature and effects. Here are 20 famous quotes about anger, along with short bios of their authors.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) was an American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century.


“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.”

Siddhartha Gautama, known as Buddha (c. 563/480 – c. 483/400 BCE), was a spiritual leader and founder of Buddhism, a major world religion.

Benjamin Franklin

“Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one.”

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, renowned for his contributions as a statesman, author, scientist, and inventor.


“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 (384-322 BCE) was a Greek philosopher and polymath during the Classical period in Ancient Greece, and a student of Plato who in turn taught Alexander the Great.


“The greatest remedy for anger is delay.”

Lucius Annaeus Seneca (c. 4 BCE – 65 CE), also known as Seneca the Younger, was a Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, and dramatist.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful to us than the injury that provokes it.”

Seneca (c. 4 BCE – 65 CE) was a Roman philosopher, statesman, and playwright, renowned for his works on Stoicism.

Ambrose Bierce

“Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.”

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) was an American short story writer, journalist, poet, and Civil War veteran, best known for his satirical lexicon “The Devil’s Dictionary.”

Elizabeth Kenny

“He who angers you conquers you.”

Elizabeth Kenny (1880-1952) was an unaccredited Australian nurse who pioneered the treatment of poliomyelitis.

Robert G. Ingersoll

“Anger is a wind which blows out the lamp of the mind.”

Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899) was an American lawyer, writer, and orator known for his advocacy of agnosticism and free thought.

Maya Angelou

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

Maya Angelou (1928-2014) was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist, renowned for her series of seven autobiographies.

Thomas Jefferson

“When angry, count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.”

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) was an American statesman, diplomat, lawyer, and Founding Father who served as the third president of the United States.

Phyllis Diller

“Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight.”

Phyllis Diller (1917-2012) was an American stand-up comedian, actress, and voice artist, known for her eccentric stage persona and self-deprecating humor.

Mark Twain

“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, born Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer.

Nelson Mandela

“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.”

Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.

Alexander Pope

“To be angry is to revenge the faults of others on ourselves.”

Alexander Pope (1688-1744) was an English poet best known for his satirical verse and for his translation of Homer.

Mahatma Gandhi

“Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.”

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948) was an Indian lawyer, anti-colonial nationalist, and political ethicist who employed nonviolent resistance to lead the successful campaign for India’s independence from British rule.


“Anger is a short madness.”

Quintus Horatius Flaccus, known as Horace (65-8 BCE), was the leading Roman lyric poet during the time of Augustus.

Thomas Aquinas

“He who is not angry when there is just cause for anger is immoral.”

Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) was an Italian Dominican friar, Catholic priest, and Doctor of the Church, known for his influential works in philosophy and theology.

Colin Powell

“Get mad, then get over it.”

Colin Powell (1937-2021) was an American statesman and a retired four-star general in the United States Army who served as the 65th United States Secretary of State.

Albert Einstein

“Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.”

Albert Einstein (1879-1955) was a theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics.

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