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140 Anger Quotes That Will Help You Calm Down

The goal with these 140 anger quotes is simple: to help you slow down, calm down, and breathe. Hope you’ll like them. 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. (See also: quote’s source, quoteinvestigator.com)

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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

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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

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

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

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

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

Keep this thought handy when you feel a fit of rage coming on — it isn’t manly to be enraged. Rather, gentleness and civility are more human, and therefore manlier. A real man doesn’t give way to anger and discontent, and such a person has strength, courage, and endurance — unlike the angry and complaining. The nearer a man comes to a calm mind, the closer he is to strength. Marcus Aurelius

The best thing you can do when you are angry is nothing. @orangebook_

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

Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Pema Chödron

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

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

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

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

A wise man looks for everything inside of himself; a madman seeks for everything in others. Leo Tolstoy

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

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

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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

Most quarrels are inevitable at the time; incredible afterwards. E. M. Forster

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

Anger… it’s a paralyzing emotion… you can’t get anything done. People sort of think it’s an interesting, passionate, and igniting feeling – I don’t think it’s any of that – it’s helpless … it’s absence of control – and I need all of my skills, all of the control, all of my powers … and anger doesn’t provide any of that – I have no use for it whatsoever. 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

Anger is only one letter short of danger. Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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Short Anger Quotes

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Anger reduces reason. Shane Parrish

Taking offense is optional. Jack Butcher

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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The best answer for anger is silence. Paulo Coelho

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

You are the first victim of your anger. D. Muthukrishnan

Don’t respond to provocation with imitation. @TheStoicEmperor

When anger rises, think of the consequences. Confucius

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

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hating someone does more damage to yourself than them. Sahil Lavingia

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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

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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

As you move forward along the path of reason, people will stand in your way. They will never be able to keep you from doing what’s sound, so don’t let them knock out your goodwill for them. Keep a steady watch on both fronts, not only for well-based judgments and actions, but also for gentleness with those who would obstruct our path or create other difficulties. For getting angry is also a weakness, just as much as abandoning the task or surrendering under panic. For doing either is an equal desertion — the one by shrinking back and the other by estrangement from family and friend. Marcus Aurelius

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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_ (See also: calm quotes)

All of us have some darkness inside of us – aggression, anger, hatred – the idea isn’t to get rid of it. The idea is to realize it exists for a reason, and once you learn how to leverage it without it corroding you, you’ll have the ability to push through the hardest of times. Tom Bilyeu

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

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Helpful Anger Quotes (For yourself or 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

When you are angry, be aware of your anger. As you become aware of it, you are no longer lost in anger. You get to see it from the outside. Haemin Sunim

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

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

One of the most banal yet personally profound insights a person can have is the realization that one does not have to let their emotions determine their behavior. Ever. You’re actually allowed to listen to the signals and decide: “nawwww I’ll pass.” Scott Barry Kaufman

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

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

Try to avoid making important decisions when you’re angry. Acknowledge the emotion. Recognize that it clouds your judgement. Remember that angry people tend to sacrifice the long-term good in response to short-term provocation. @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

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Funny And Surprising Anger Quotes

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

Angry is just sad’s bodyguard. Liz Palmer

Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret. Ambrose Bierce

Unsubscribe from your drama. Thibaut (@kpaxs)

You shouldn’t give circumstances the power to rouse anger, for they don’t care at all. Marcus Aurelius

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

It’s funny how people think you hate them when you literally do not think of them at all. Paulo Coelho

When angry, count four. When very angry, swear. Mark Twain

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See also: How to Get Angry a Lot (2 minutes 25 seconds YouTube video by The School of Life)

Deep (And Sometimes Dark) Anger Quotes

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

Bitterness: anger that forgot where it came from. Alain de Botton

Those who want to be outraged are never without a reason. James Pierce

Anger is its own punishment. An angry person trying to push your head below water is drowning at the same time. Naval Ravikant

The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions, passions, and evils, is rooted in the three poisons: greed, anger, and delusion. Bodhidharma

Reason gives each side time to plead; moreover, she herself demands adjournment, that she may have sufficient scope for the discovery of the truth; whereas anger is in a hurry: reason wishes to give a just decision; anger wishes its decision to be thought just. … The sword of justice is ill-placed in the hands of an angry man. Seneca

Anger is not impressive or tough — it’s a mistake. It’s weakness. Depending on what you’re doing, it might even be a trap that someone laid for you. Ryan Holiday

If you’re angry, you’re part of the problem, not the solution. Ryan Holiday

How much more harmful are the consequences of anger and grief than the circumstances that aroused them in us. Marcus Aurelius

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

Anger is privilege for the strong, duty for the righteous, and self-harm for the weak. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

If you are easily offended you are also easily persuaded. @AmuseChimp

How easily someone is offended is in direct proportion to how stupid they are. Ed Latimore

The further a society drifts from the truth the more it will hate those who speak it. George Orwell

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See also: How to Always Be in Control of Your Anger – Jocko Willink (4 minutes YouTube video)

Wise Anger Quotes (Words of Wisdom)

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To indulge in outrage is to renounce wisdom. James Pierce

To investigate the fact of your own anger you must pass no judgement on it. Jiddu Krishnamurti

If you want to determine the nature of anything, entrust it to time: when the sea is stormy, you can see nothing clearly. Seneca

Some things torment us more than they ought; some torment us before they ought; and others torment us when they ought not torment us at all. Seneca

The wisest fight only for things that truly matter. They know time and energy are limited. For fools, all things matter. Maxime Lagacé

The more upset a person is with other people, and with circumstances, and the more satisfied he is with himself, the further he is from wisdom. Leo Tolstoy

Never argue with people in private (you will not convince them); argue in public to convince others. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it. Marcus Aurelius

Anger and aggression sometimes seem to be protective because they bring energy to bear on a particular situation, but that energy is blind. It takes a calm mind to be able to consider things from different angles and points of view. 14th Dalai Lama

The intoxication of anger, like that of the grape, shows us to others, but hides us from ourselves. John Dryden

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

Only the stupid respond to anger with anger. The smart respond with indifference. @orangebook_

The transition from anger to calmness is called education. @orangebook_

First to anger loses the battle. Last to anger wins the war. Alex Sauer

He that is kind is free, though he is a slave; he that is evil is a slave, though he be a king. Augustine of Hippo

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Part 3. Conclusion

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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

Call to action: Watch How To Use Stoicism To Control Your Anger (8 minutes 34 seconds YouTube video by Ryan Holiday) or How to Remain Calm With People (5 minutes YouTube video by The School of Life)