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180 Anger Quotes and Sayings

Last Updated: December 17, 2022 by Team

Studies show that when we get feelings of anger, our bodies will release harmful hormones. This will significantly affect our future emotional health, further compounding the problem. Anger is an emotion we all feel. The difference is how we react to that feeling.

Read this collection of anger quotes to encourage you not to lose your temper and to find ways to control any anger you may feel. Let these anger quotes help you to make an effort to control your emotions.

Most Thought-Provoking Quotes About Anger

Top 10 Anger Quotes

“Never do anything when you are in a temper, for you will do everything wrong.” – Baltasar Gracian

“All of the evil passions are traceable to one of two roots. Anger is the root of all aggressive passions. Worry is the root of all the cowardly passions… It is not necessary to engage in battle the small army of lesser passions if you concentrate your efforts against anger and worry, for they are all children of these parents.” – Horace Fletcher

“Every day, we have plenty of opportunities to get angry, stressed, or offended. But what you’re doing when you indulge these negative emotions is giving something outside yourself power over your happiness. You can choose not to let little things upset you.” – Joel Osteen

“People won’t have time for you if you are always angry or complaining.” – Stephen Hawking

“Man should forget his anger before he lies down to sleep.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot.” – Plato

“Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.” – Albert Einstein

“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

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

“There’s a natural law of karma that vindictive people, who go out of their way to hurt others, will end up broke and alone.” – Sylvester Stallone

My anger is my friend. It looks out for me and lets me know when boundaries are crossed and healing is needed.

What is Anger?

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“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

“Anger is a feeling that makes your mouth work faster than your mind.”

“Anger is often more hurtful than the injury that caused it.” – English

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

“Anger is a wind that blows out the lamp of the mind.” – Robert Green Ingersoll

“Anger is short-lived madness.” – Horace Fletcher

“Anger is the enemy of non-violence, and pride is a monster that swallows it up.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Anger is one letter short of danger.”

“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 have to make a choice.” – Jim Butcher

“Anger is one of the sinews of the soul.” – Thomas Fuller

“Anger is like a storm rising from the bottom of your consciousness. When you feel it coming, turn your focus to your breath.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“Anger is never without an argument, but seldom with a good one.” – George Savile

“Anger is what makes a clear mind seem clouded.” – Kazi Shams

“Anger is smoke, revenge a consuming fire.” – James Lendall Basford

“Anger is an expensive luxury in which only men of certain income can indulge.” – George William Curtis

“Anger is a bad counselor.” – French Proverb

“Anger is a wind which blows out the lamp of the mind.” – Robert Green Ingersoll

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

“Learn this from me. Holding anger is 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 Albom

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

“Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.” – Elizabeth I

“Holding anger is 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 Albom

“I believe anger is a wasted emotion, and I don’t like to waste emotions.” – Jim Webb

“Anger can be a useful emotion; it’s built into our genetic code to help with self-preservation. But it can also be destructive, even when it is justified.” – Michael Hayden

“Resentment is an extremely bitter diet, and eventually poisonous. I have no desire to make my toxins.” – Neil Kinnock

Anger: A feeling which arises when our heart breaks. A feeling which makes us say some things which we don't mean, when our tongue is not under our mind's control. The feeling which breaks us so much that we have no control on ourselves, on what we do and what we speak. A feeling which destroys the other person too.

Short Angry Quotes

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“The best fighter is never angry.” – Lao Tzu

“There’s nothing wrong with anger provided you use it constructively.” – Wayne Dyer

“He who angers you conquers you.” – Elizabeth Kenny

“The greatest remedy for anger is a delay.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“Exaggeration is a truth that has lost its temper.” – Kahlil Gibran

“When angry, count four; when very angry, swear.” – Mark Twain

“The velocity of anger.The delay of gratitude.” – Dr. SunWolf

“When angry, count to four; when very angry, swear.” – Mark Twain

“Good resolutions are seldom made in anger.” – James Lendall Basford

“Where there is anger, there is always pain underneath.” – Eckhart Tolle

“Men in rage strike those that wish them best.” – William Shakespeare, Othello, Act 2, Scene 3

“Get mad, then get over it.” – Colin Powell

“When anger rises, think of the consequences.” – Confucius

“Never strike your wife — even with a flower.” – Hindu Proverb

“The taste of grudge eradicates the taste of cherries..” – Alice Walker

“Anything done in anger can be done better without it.” – Dallas Willard

“Violent anger makes me physically ill.” – Langston Hughes

“You can’t shake hands with a clenched fist.” – Indira Gandhi

“Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Angry people cannot create anything that is not imbued with anger.” – John McAfee

“One of man’s greatest obligations is anger.” – Nikos Kazantzakis

“No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched.” – George Jean Nathan

“Never go to bed angry, stay up, and fight.” – William Congreve

“Getting angry doesn’t solve anything.” – Grace Kelly

“Never write a letter while you are angry.” – Chinese Proverb

“Anger’s not a good emotion.” – Lincoln Chafee’s

“When you learn that truth is a lie, anger follows.” – Grace Slick

“Beware the fury of a patient man.” – Publilius Syrus

“Anger as soon as fed is dead -‘Tis starving makes it fa.” – Emily Dickinson

“He that will be angry for anything will be angry for nothing.” – Sallust

“The opposite of anger is not calmness, its empathy.” – Mehmet Oz

“I get angry about things, then go on and work.” – Toni Morrison

The best fighter is never angry. Lao Tzu

“There was never an angry man that thought his anger unjust.” – Saint Francis de Sales

“Not the fastest horse can catch a word spoken in anger.” – Chinese Proverb

“Anger and folly walk cheek by jole.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Fire in the heart sends smoke into the head.” – German Proverb

“People who fly into a rage always make a bad landing.” – Will Rogers

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

“Postpone today’s anger until tomorrow.” – Tagalog (Filipino)

“The anger of the prudent never shows.” – Burmese

“Anger blows out the lamp of the mind.” – Robert G. Ingersoll

“The best remedy for a short temper is a long walk.” – Joseph Joubert

“Anger and worry are the rankest forms of Egotism.” – Horace Fletcher

“If you kick a stone in anger, you will hurt your foot.” – Korean

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

“When I get mad, I stop being mad and be awesome instead.”

“Getting angry is punishing yourself with the mistakes of others.”

“The truth will set you free, but first, it will piss you off.” – Gloria Steinem

“I’ve never felt that anger is a compelling emotion.” – John Hurt

“What’s begun in anger ends in shame.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Get angry, get furious, but never crumble to resentment.” – Dodinsky

“Anger at lies lasts forever. Anger at truth can’t last.” – Greg Evans

“Anger begins with folly, and ends with repentance.” – Beverly Sills

“Spite is never lonely; envy always tags along.” – Mignon McLaughlin

“Angry people are not always wise.” – Jane Austen

“A hand ready to hit may cause you great trouble.” – Maori

“Every time you get angry, you poison your system.” – Alfred A. Montapert

“The sharpest sword is a word spoken in wrath.” – Gautama Buddha

Anger burns your soul and destroys your mind so do not let anger affect your vibe and peace.

Funny Anger Quotes

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“Anger is like those ruins which smash themselves on what they fall.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“To carry a grudge is like being stung to death by one bee.” – William H. Walton

“A moment of patience in a moment of anger saves you a hundred moments of regret.”

“It is a waste of energy to be angry with a man who misbehaves just as it is to be angry with a car that won’t go.” – Bertrand Russell

“The worst-tempered people I’ve ever met were people who knew they were wrong.” – Wilson Mizner

“Speak when you are angry, and you’ll make the best speech you’ll ever regret.” – Ambrose Bierce

“I don’t think your ability to fight has anything to do with how big you are. It’s to do with how much anger is in you.” – Amy Winehouse

“A man can’t eat anger for breakfast and sleep with it at night and not suffer damage to his soul.” – Garrison Keillor

“If a small thing has the power to make you angry, does that not indicate something about your size?” – Sydney J. Harris

“Only when a mosquito lands on your testicles, you will truly learn that there is always a way to solve problems without using anger and violence.” – Confucius

“Americans are slow to anger, but once they do get angry, they are impossible to stop.” – Kathleen Troia McFarland

“A quick temper will make a fool of you soon enough.” – Bruce Lee

“Never trust your tongue when your heart is bitter.”

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

“Never forget what a man says to you when he is angry.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.” – William Congreve

“Always write angry letters to your enemies. Never mail them.” – James Fallows

“Anger has a way of seeping into every other emotion and planting itself in there.” – Dane Cook

“It is impossible for you to be angry and laugh at the same time. Anger and laughter are mutually exclusive, and you have the power to choose either.” – Wayne Dyer


Control Anger Quotes

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“I think, often, when you are in just a lot of pain, it comes out as anger.” – Nell Hudson

“Learn to master your emotions.”

“If you don’t control your temper. Your temper will control you.” – Stephen King

“Reacting in anger or annoyance will not advance one’s ability to persuade.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“Anger and worry are caused by phantoms that we create within ourselves and whose only strength is that with which we endow them.” – Horace Fletcher

“Anger is a great force. If you control it, it can be transmuted into a power which can move the whole world.” – William Shenstone

“A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.”

“Anger is a momentary madness, so control your passion, or it will control you.” – G. M. Trevelyan

“When you can’t control what’s happening. Challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what’s happening. That’s where your power is.”

“Control your anger; it’s only one letter away from danger.”

“One that angers you controls you. Don’t give anyone that power! Especially the one who does it intentionally.”

“Be modest, humble, simple. Control your anger.” – Abraham Cahan

“Anger doesn’t demand action. When you act in anger, you lose self-control.” – Joe Hyams

“Anger is a valid emotion. It’s only bad when it takes control and makes you do things you don’t want to do.” – Ellen Hopkins

“The strong man is not the good wrestler; the strong man is the only one who controls himself when he is angry.” – Prophet Muhammad

Anger and the sorrow it produces are far more harmful than the things which make us angry. Marcus Aurelius

“Control your anger, don’t let your anger control you. If you are mad, don’t say anything you’ll regret later. If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say it. Calm down and then do whatever you have to do.”

“Anger is your biggest enemy. Control it.”

“Anger is momentary madness, so control your passion, or it will control you.” – Horace Fletcher

“Anger may repast with thee for an hour, but not repose for a night; the continuance of anger is hatred; the continuance of hatred turns malice.” – Francis Quarles

“For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”

“Anger does not solve problems – anger only makes things worse. I go by the old saying, ‘Don’t make important decisions when you’re angry.” – Lionel Sosa

“Anger doesn’t solve anything. It builds nothing, but it can destroy everything.”

“Try to manage your anger since people can’t manage their stupidity.”

“You can survive with anger, but you can’t live with it forever.” – Ariel Dorfman

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

“Do not let anger lead to hatred, as you will hurt yourself more than you would the other.” – Stephen Richards

“If it won’t matter in 5 years, don’t spend more than 5 minutes getting angry about it.”

“Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” – Buddha

“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

“If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.” – Chinese Proverb

Anger is the punishment we give ourselves for someone else's mistake.

Anger Attitude Quotes

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“Expressing anger is a form of public littering.” – Willard Gaylin

“Sometimes, with anger, you can be much more dangerous than with skill.” – Mathieu Amalric

“I don’t usually lose my temper, but if I get angry, it’s true – I’m scared.” – Eva Mendes

“Anger … it’s a paralyzing emotion … you can’t get anything done.” – Toni Morrison

“Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you are.” – Cherie Carter-Scott

“Anger ventilated often hurries toward forgiveness, and concealed often hardens into revenge.” – Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

“Be careful with your words when you are angry, they can be only forgiven, not forgotten.”

“At the core of all, anger is a need that is not being fulfilled.” – Marshall B. Rosenberg

“A lot of people think they should be happy all the time. But the writer understands you need both. You need the whole piano: the richness of the whole human experience. Depression, suffering, and anger are all part of being human.” – Janet Fitch

“Take no revenge that you have not pondered beneath a starry sky, or on a canyon overlook, or to the lapping of waves and the mewing of a distant gull.” – Robert Brault

“Nobody makes you angry by speaking the truth; only you decided to use anger as a response.”

“We can never drown anger and worry; yet, if let alone, they drown themselves.” – Horace Fletcher

“My dear, don’t let the sun go down upon your anger; forgive each other, help each other, and begin to‑morrow again.” – Louisa May Alcott

“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

“It is wise to direct your anger towards problems – not people; to focus your energies on answers – not excuses.” – William Arthur Ward

“Anger’s my meat; I sup upon myself. And so shall starve with feeding.” – William Shakespeare

“Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.” – James Thurber

“You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger.” – Buddha

“Temper tantrums, however, the fun they may be to throw, rarely solve whatever problem is causing them.” – Lemony Snicket

Anger often makes us to mess up even the most sorted situations.

Anger Quotes About Love

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“Anger and jealousy can no more bear to lose sight of their objects than love.” – George Eliot

“Don’t let yourself get so angry that you stop loving, because one day you will wake up from that anger and the person you love won’t be around anymore.” – Dawson’s Creek

“There’s a reason why anger, fear, and hatred are paths to the dark side: they all spring from a single source – the same source as a certain flavor of love. A dangerously sweet, addictive flavor.” – Matthew Stover

“My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful, and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.” – Jack Layton

“Permit yourself to feel anger, pain, and resentment. Relax, then let it go with love.”

“If you’re angry at a loved one, hug that person. And mean it. You may not want to hug — which is all the more reason to do so. It’s hard to stay angry when someone shows they love you, and that’s precisely what happens when we hug each other.” – Walter Anderson

“Don’t hold to anger, hurt, or pain. They steal your energy and keep you from love.” – Leo Buscaglia

“Do not teach your children never to be angry; teach them how to be angry.” – Lyman Abbott

“The more anger towards the past you carry in your heart, the less capable you are of loving in the present.” – Barbara De Angelis

I sat with my anger long enough until she told me her real name was grief. C.S. Lewis

Anger Quotes About Life

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“Something, my mum, taught me years and years and years ago, is life’s just too short to carry around a great bucket-load of anger and resentment and bitterness and hatreds and all that sort of stuff.” – Kevin Rudd

“Life is too short to hold a grudge, also too long.” – Robert Brault

“Anger and worry are the most unprofitable conditions known to man. They are like thieves that steal precious time and energy from life. Anger is a highway robber, and worry is a sneak thief.” – Horace Fletcher Fletcher

“Forgive people in your life, even those who are not sorry for their actions. Holding on to anger only hurts, not them.”

“Acting in anger and hatred throughout my life, I frequently precipitated what I feared most, the loss of friendships and the need to rely upon the very people I’d abused.” – Luke Ford

“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

“Anger is an unnecessary emotion. Loads of stuff in life can trigger it, but what matters is how you react. I choose not to react.” – Nicola Adams

“Life is precious, and there’s not a lot of room for anger.” – Fran Drescher

“The world needs anger. The world often continues to allow evil because it isn’t angry enough.” – Bede Jarrett

“A little anger is a good thing if it isn’t on your behalf if it’s for others deserving of your anger, your empathy.” – David Simon


In Conclusion

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As shown by studies, when we get frustrated, our body will release harmful hormones. This will significantly affect our future emotional health, further compound the problem. Anger and resentment hurt one’s health, spoil relationships, and destroy opportunities. Avoiding anger should be the goal of everyone who wishes to live a happy and harmonious life.

180 Anger quotes that’ll help you realize what matters most. Here are the best anger quotes to read from famous people that told you more about anger and more ways to control and deal with it because being angry doesn’t do any good, which can only ruin your life, so better just let go of anger and move on.

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