Quotes for Anger Management

89 Quotes for Anger Management to Help You Heal

Anger is one of the most challenging emotions humans experience. In most cases, it arises unexpectedly and causes an internal storm that may trigger an irrational response. If not well managed, anger can wreak havoc in all areas of your life.

It takes being deliberate and training yourself relentlessly to master your anger. Below are some quotes to help you let go of anger and heal.

  1. “We’re all capable of anything; the only difference is that some of us control our emotions while others are controlled by them.” – Marion Bekoe
  2. “Don’t hold to anger, hurt, or pain. They steal your energy and keep you from love.” – Leo Buscaglia
  3. “It doesn’t pay to say too much when you are mad enough to choke. For the word that stings the deepest is the word that is never spoken. Let the other fellow wrangle till the storm has blown away, then he’ll do a heap of thinking about the things you didn’t say.” – Jules Renard
  4. “Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.” – James Thurber
  5. “Boredom, anger, sadness, or fear are not ‘yours,’ not personal. They are conditions of the human mind. They come and go. Nothing that comes and goes is you.” – Eckhart Tolle
  6. “Anger makes us feel so isolated.” – Fred Rogers
  7. “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
  8. “Anger is short madness” – Horace
  9. “When you assume negative intent, you’re angry. If you take away that anger and assume positive intent, you will be amazed. Your emotional quotient goes up because you are no longer almost random in your response.” – Indra Nooyi
  10. “Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” – Buddha
  11. “Speak when you are angry, and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.” – Ambrose Bierce
  12. “Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were.” – Chérie Carter-Scot
  13. “Use your anger for good. Anger to people is like gas to the automobile – it fuels you to move forward and get to a better place. Without it, we would not be motivated to rise to a challenge. It is an energy that compels us to define what is just and unjust.” – Arun Gandhi
  14. “You are not the anger; you are the awareness behind the anger. Realize this, and the anger will no longer control you.” – Eckhart Tolle
  15. “Anger always comes from frustrated expectations.” – Elliott Larson
  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. “People won’t have time for you if you are always angry or complaining.”  – Stephen Hawking
  18. “There is so much anger buried deep inside me that if I dump them out onto the world, there won’t be any world left. So I chose to turn that anger into strength instead of weakness – I turned that anger into an instrument of creation rather than a weapon of destruction.” – Abhijit Naskar
  19. “Most misunderstandings in the world could be avoided if people would simply take the time to ask, ‘What else could this mean?” – Shannon L. Alder
  20. “There’s nothing wrong with anger, provided you use it constructively.” – Wayne Dyer
  21. “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
  22. “When we can lay down our fear and anger and choose responses other than aggression, we create the conditions for bringing out the best in us humans.” – Margaret J. Wheatley
  23. “Calm is the best revenge.” – Bangambiki Habyarimana
  24. “Anger is a wind which blows out the lamp of the mind.” – Robert Green Ingersoll
  25. “It is not the actions of others which trouble us, but rather it is our own judgments. Therefore remove those judgments and resolve to let go of your anger, and it will already be gone.” – Marcus Aurelius
  26. “Anger at oneself is a destructive thing.” – Qui-Gon Jinn
  27. “If I don’t own my anger, I can be certain that it will own me.” – Craig D. Lounsbrough
  28. “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
  29. Anger resolves nothing; it only puts up your blood pressure.” – Catherine Pulsifer
  30. “The greatest remedy for anger is delay.” – Thomas Paine
  31. “The best fighter is never angry.” – Lao Tzu
  32. “If it comes, let it come. If it goes, it’s ok; let it go. Let things come and go. Stay calm, don’t let anything disturb your peace, and carry on.” – Germany Kent.
  33. “Anger is a bad counselor.” – French Prover
  34. “The opposite of anger is not calmness; it’s empathy.” – Mehmet Oz
  35. “If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.” – Chinese Proverb
  36. “Anger doesn’t demand action. When you act in anger, you lose self-control.” – Joe Hyams
  37. “Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were.” – Chérie Carter-Scott
  38. “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
  39. “When a fool reacts on you, and you then respond, then you are the fooled. Always keep your pace between them and mind your business.” – Kwaku Okyere
  40. “It is serious, and you won’t get control of your anger unless you mean business about sorting this difficulty out, once and for all. You will need to be committed to change, but it can be done.” – John Crawford
  41. “You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger.”  – Buddha
  42. “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
  43. “Meditation can help us embrace our worries, our fear, our anger, and that is very healing. We let our own natural capacity of healing do the work.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  44. “Expressing anger is a form of public littering.” – Willard Gaylin
  45. “The best remedy for a short temper is a long walk.” – Joseph Joubert
  46. “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
  47. “Anger is the most impotent of passions. It affects nothing it goes about and hurts the one who is possessed by it more than the one against whom it is directed.” – Carl Sandbur
  48. “Don’t waste your time in anger, regrets, worries, and grudges. Life is too short to be unhappy.” – Roy T. Bennett
  49. “Never do anything when you are in a temper, for you will do everything wrong.” – Baltasar Gracian
  50. “Anger is a fuel. You need fuel to launch a rocket. But if all you have is fuel without any complex internal mechanism directing it, you don’t have a rocket. You have a bomb.” – Gil Schwartz
  51. “As far as having peace within myself, the one way I can do that is forgiving the people who have done wrong to me. It causes more stress to build up anger. Peace is more productive.” – Rodney King
  52. “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” – Yoda
  53. “The more anger towards the past you carry in your heart, the less capable you are of loving in the present.” – Barbara De Angelis
  54. “A man is about as big as the things that make him angry.” – Winston Churchill
  55. “The strong man is not the good wrestler; the strong man is the only one who controls himself when he is angry.” – Prophet Muhammad
  56. “The blunderer who expects to receive a searing lash of someone’s rage but instead receives a breeze of their tranquility is swamped immediately with unfathomable shame and misery.” – Dr. Anhad Kaur Suri
  57. “I realized that if my thoughts immediately affect my body, I should be careful about what I think. Now, if I get angry, I ask myself why I feel that way. If I can find the source of my anger, I can turn that negative energy into something positive.” –  Yoko Ono
  58. “When anger rises, think of the consequences.” – Confucius
  59. “Anger is stupid, and stupidity will kill you more surely than your opponent’s blade.” – Patricia Briggs
  60. “There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot.” – Plato
  61. “If anger is fire, forgiveness is water. When fire gets out of control, use plenty of water.” – Ronit Baras
  62. “He who angers you conquers you.” – Elizabeth Kenny
  63. “There should be anger management classes for those of us who bottle it up.” – Joyce Rachell
  64. “When you hold on to anger and unforgiveness, you can’t move forward.”  – Mary J. Blige
  65. “The development of genuine, open-minded patience may very well lead one to also examine one’s experience of anger and its root causes.” – Allan Lokos
  66. “I was very fortunate to play sports. All the anger in me went out. I had to do what I had to do. If you stay angry all the time, then you really don’t have a good life.” – Willie Mays
  67. “To be angry is to revenge the faults of others on ourselves.” – Alexander Pope
  68. “Not being outraged by anything is a superpower.” – James Pierce
  69. “Do not let your anger lead to hatred, as you will hurt yourself more than you would the other.” – Stephen Richards
  70. “For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  71. “Anger is temporary, but words said in anger aren’t.” – Marion Bekoe
  72. “Anger is as a stone cast into a wasp’s nest.” – Pope Paul VI
  73. “Anger doesn’t solve anything. It builds nothing, but it can destroy everything.” – Unknown
  74. “Anger is momentary madness, so control your passion, or it will control you.” – Horace
  75. “Follow the fragrance of your desires. You will discover the roots of your anger hidden in them.” – Sukant Ratnakar
  76. “If it won’t matter in 5 years, don’t spend more than 5 minutes getting angry about it.” – Unknown
  77. “Anger is only one letter short of danger.” – Popular Saying
  78. “Anger ventilated often hurries towards forgiveness; anger concealed often hardens into revenge.” – Eward G. Bulwer-Lytton
  79. “There’s nothing wrong with anger, provided you use it constructively.” – Wayne Dyer
  80. “Buddha was asked, “What have you gained from meditation?” He replied, “Nothing! However. Buddha said, let me tell you what I lost: anger, anxiety, depression, insecurity, fear of old age and death.” – Dalai Lama
  81. “The smarter you get, the more you realize anger is not worth it.” – Maxime Lagacé
  82. “I lose my temper, but it’s all over in a minute,’ said the student. ‘So is the hydrogen bomb,’ I replied. ‘But think of the damage it produces!” – George Sweeting
  83. “Anger is a bad advisor.” – Czech Proverb
  84. “If you kick a stone in anger, you’ll hurt your own foot.” – Korean Proverb
  85. “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
  86. “Patience, there are situations in which patience works the best. Anger won’t help you in any way; in fact, it will only make you worse” – Neelam Saxena
  87. “When angry, count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.” – Thomas Jefferson
  88. “When you want to become free, your righteousness and anger are much less interesting than they used to be.” – Ram Dass
  89. “Getting angry in a stressful situation is like trying to clean something with dirt.” – Urbanky Aurel Petru

Note down the quotes that inspire you the most in your journal and refer to them whenever you need some inspiration on anger management or encouragement to stay calm in agitating circumstances.

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