100 Anger Quotes To Tame Your Temper

By Maxime Lagacé

Maxime is the founder and chief editor of WisdomQuotes. He has been collecting quotes since 2004. His goal? To help you develop a calm, powerful, and peaceful mind. Learn more about him on his about page.

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The goal with these 100 anger quotes is simple: to help you slow down, calm down, and breathe. You’ll discover quotes by Buddha, Gandhi, Einstein, and more. Enjoy!

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If you hate a person, then you’re defeated by them. Confucius

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Not being outraged by anything is a superpower. James Pierce

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The smarter you get, the more you realize anger is not worth it. Maxime Lagacé

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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. (Source)

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Anger makes us feel so isolated. Fred Rogers


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An action committed in anger is an action doomed to failure. Genghis Khan

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One’s anger is one’s greatest enemy and one’s calmness is one’s protection. Sathya Sai Baba

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Another person will not hurt you without your cooperation. You are hurt the moment you believe yourself to be. Epictetus

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Shouting something didn’t make it any more possible. Susan Sontag

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Tears of despair can be fuel. Thunders of anger can be light. Maxime Lagacé


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I would not look upon anger as something foreign to me that I have to fight… I have to deal with my anger with care, with love, with tenderness, with nonviolence. Thich Nhat Hanh (Being Peace, Amazon book)

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If you’re offended easily, you’re a bad resource allocator. It’s a waste of energy and attention, which is a greater sin than wasting time. Tim Ferriss

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It always makes me proud to love the world somehow – hate’s so easy compared. Jack Kerouac (Big Sur)

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It doesn’t hurt me unless I interpret it’s happening as harmful to me. I can choose not to. Marcus Aurelius

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I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him. Booker T. Washington


The Best Anger Quotes

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No one heals himself by wounding another. Ambrose

Hatred is public and shameless demonstration of inferiority complex. Paulo Coelho

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. Carl Jung

The instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves. Buddhist proverb

Judge, and feel separate and lonely. Anger, and lose peace of mind. Cling, and live in anxiety. Fantasize, and miss the present. Desire, and suffer until you have it. Naval Ravikant

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You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger. Buddha

Friendly reminder. If you ever lose your temper it is your fault. Always. Your emotional responses are never the responsibility of any other human being. Thibaut

Everyone asks how to deal with anger when it arises. No one asks how to prevent anger from arising. James Pierce

So other people hurt me? That’s their problem. Their character and actions are not mine. Marcus Aurelius

A man is about as big as the things that make him angry. Winston Churchill


We will cease to be angry once we cease to be so hopeful. Alain de Botton

An angry man opens his mouth and shuts his eyes. Cato The Elder

Delay gratification. Don’t give your ego the satisfaction of a scream. Maxime Lagacé

The best way to avenge yourself is to not be like that. Marcus Aurelius

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People generally quarrel because they cannot argue. G. K. Chesterton

When you think you’ve been injured, apply this rule: If the community isn’t injured by it, neither am I. And if it is, anger is not the answer. Show the offender where he went wrong. Marcus Aurelius

The more easily you get offended, the less intelligent you actually are. Naval Ravikant

We can’t control what people say, but we do have a say in how we react. Refusing to give others power over our feelings is a mark of emotional intelligence. Adam Grant

If we could learn to like ourselves, even a little, maybe our cruelties and angers might melt away. John Steinbeck

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Anger: when reality and expectations don’t fit. Maxime Lagacé

A person does not react to the insult. He reacts to what the insult makes him feel about himself. Kapil Gupta

A person who truly understands is rarely outraged. Those who take pride in their outrage, rarely understand. Kunal Shah (Source)

A verbal threat is the most authentic certificate of impotence. Nassim Nicholas Taleb (The Bed of Procrustes)

When you want to become free, your righteousness and anger are much less interesting than they used to be. Ram Dass

Hatred is like a two edged sword. When you cut the other person you cut yourself. Haruki Murakami (The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle)

Part 2. Anger Quotes That Are…

The Most Famous Anger Quotes (Dalai Lama, Emerson, Einstein, etc.)

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An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind. Mahatma Gandhi

The greatest remedy for anger is delay. Seneca

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

Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet. Maya Angelou

If your hate could be turned into electricity, it would light up the whole world. Nikola Tesla

Hating clouds the mind. It gets in the way of strategy. Leaders cannot afford to hate. Nelson Mandela

Anger may seem to be a source of energy, but it’s blind. It causes us to lose our restraint. It may stir courage, but that too is blind. 14th Dalai Lama

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Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools. Albert Einstein

When reason ends, then anger begins. Therefore, anger is a sign of weakness. 14th Dalai Lama

Anger is a weed; hate is the tree. Augustine of Hippo

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

I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain. James Baldwin

For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Doing an injury puts you below your enemy; revenging one makes you but even with him; forgiving, it sets you above him. Benjamin Franklin

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You remember the insults you received far more than those you gave. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Anger is only one letter short of danger. Eleanor Roosevelt

When you set out on a journey of revenge, first dig two graves. Confucius

Where there is anger there is always pain underneath. Eckhart Tolle (Source)

There is no passion so much transports the sincerity of judgement as doth anger. Michel de Montaigne

Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgment. Mario Puzo (The Godfather)

Never waste a minute thinking about people you don’t like. Dwight D. Eisenhower

Short Anger Quotes

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Anger reduces reason. Shane Parrish

Being offended is a choice. Dan Go (Source)

If you’re mad it is your fault. Jonathan Wilson

Anger is really disappointed hope. Erica Jong

All ferocity is born from weakness. Seneca

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To indulge in outrage is to renounce wisdom. James Pierce

Anger is fleeting; remorse is eternal. Karn the Silver Golem

When anger rises, think of the consequences. Confucius

Easily offended people are such a chore. Shibetoshi Nakamoto (Source)

Fire in the heart sends smoke into the head. German proverb

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He who angers you conquers you. Elizabeth Kenny

Promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate. Unknown

You either give up and quit, or you get angry and fight. Willow Cross

Take a step back and smile. Don’t take a step forward and scream. Maxime Lagacé


Inspirational Anger Quotes

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Haters are confused admirers who want to be like you. Paulo Coelho

Any person capable of angering you becomes your master. They can anger you only when you permit yourself to be disturbed by them. Epictetus

Conquer the angry one by not getting angry; conquer the wicked by goodness; conquer the stingy by generosity, and the liar by speaking the truth. The Dhammapada

Anger comes so fast we don’t even notice it. Cultivating detachment, presence and silence every day will help you react less. Maxime Lagacé

Understand at last that you have something in you more powerful and divine than what causes the bodily passions and pulls you like a mere puppet. Marcus Aurelius

Anger is not impressive or tough‚ it’s a mistake. It’s weakness. Ryan Holiday (Source)

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When pain, misery, or anger happen, it is time to look within you, not around you. Sadhguru

Anger is not attractive. Calmness backed by real strength is. @orangebook_

How satisfying it is to dismiss and block out any upsetting or foreign impression, and immediately to have peace in all things. Marcus Aurelius

When you fill your life with love, you’ll find that anger, guilt, resentment, and any negative feelings will leave you. Rhonda Byrne

We all have negative urges, but we don’t have to act out those urges. Fred Rogers

Helpful Anger Quotes (For Yourself And Others)

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Be aware of whom the anger is hurting. Usually it’s yourself first and foremost. I now mostly feel sorry for angry people. Naval Ravikant

Look at the people you don’t love and see them as an exercise for you to open your heart. Ram Dass

Be angry, it’s okay. To be angry, that is very human. And to learn how to smile at your anger and make peace with your anger is very nice. Thich Nhat Hanh

Holding grudges is stupid, unproductive and poisonous. Only fools hold on. The wise let go. Maxime Lagacé

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

Just because you’re offended doesn’t mean you’re right. Being offended is a choice and should be chosen wisely. Mark Manson

The biggest mistake we make with negative emotions is trying not to feel them. Awareness deepens positive emotions and allows negative ones to dissipate. Trying to avoid your feelings causes suffering. Shane Parrish

Anger and frustration are rarely caused by other people’s actions. They’re caused by how you interpret their actions. To change your reactions, question your explanations. You know what they did, but not why. New interpretations pave the way to new emotions. Adam Grant

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The best answer for anger is silence. Paulo Coelho

Pause and ask yourself: “Does this really need a response?” Little annoyances come and go. The irritation fades quickly if it is not indulged. @TheStoicEmperor

Why can’t we control our anger? Because we love perfection. Make a little room for imperfection in our lives. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Promise yourself that you will assume you are the root of your problems next time you get upset. Mark Manson

You can dislike someone and still learn from them. Angela Jiang


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Hatred is, indeed, never appeased by hatred in this world. It is appeased only by loving-kindness. This is an ancient law. The Dhammapada

The remarkable thing is that we really love our neighbor as ourselves: we do unto others as we do unto ourselves. We hate others when we hate ourselves. We are tolerant toward others when we tolerate ourselves. We forgive others when we forgive ourselves. We are prone to sacrifice others when we are ready to sacrifice ourselves. Eric Hoffer

Let’s recap:

  • Being angry: the art of showing weakness.
  • Staying calm is your superpower. Use it.
  • The benefits of staying calm?
    • You’ll be more efficient and logical
    • You’ll keep your energies
    • You won’t have regrets
  • Remember: Shouting is counterproductive. Shouting is going backward.
  • The good side of anger? You can use it as motivation to change something in your life.

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Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He started journaling, reflecting, writing his thoughts, feelings and quotes.

His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal.

A few years later, he started his first website to share his love of quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, husband, and INFJ.

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, bananas, SEO, human potential, and education.

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July 1, 2022

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