11 Anger Quotations: Quotes on Anger That Plucked a Chord in Me

Just like you, I have been angry many times. And yes, many times I have repented being angry after the moment has passed.

These 11 anger quotations may not make saints of us, but there is a chance that one of them will pop up in our minds at the very instant we become angry again. That’s how quotes help, I guess. By popping up just when we lose it all. 🙂 Come, read…

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

(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Generally, when we are angry, we want the other person to suffer. What this quote reminds us is that while the other person may indeed suffer, we are ALSO choosing an angry emotional state over a happy emotional state for ourselves. This quote reminds me that anger hurts me too – not just the other person.


“A man is about as big as the things that make him angry”

(Sir Winston Churchill)

When we become angry, we give our control to someone else and we stop CHOOSING our life for some time. Therefore, during the time that we are angry, we have actually given our control to whoever makes us angry. If I am angry at my boss (and I have been angry at my boss at one time), then I have given complete control of my emotions to my boss. He can act in a way he wants and make me angry anytime.


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

(William H. Walton)

How beautifully, Walton reiterates that if someone has done something wrong to you, be hurt, resent it, but then release it and let it go. Why focus so much on the grudge that YOUR entire life becomes hell? I myself held a grudge against my parents at one time – and now I am slowly realizing – I am mad to blame them for anything. What has happened has happened. Now I can release the hurt live a happy life!


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

(Chinese Proverb)

I think this statement is perfectly true. I can clearly contrast two situations – once when I became very angry and did something terrible and another situation when I was patient when the other person was angry.

What happened after the situation ended was radically different in both cases! I have now realized that being angry and resentful brings days and days of sadness while being patient when the other person is angry and later understanding what happened brings joy.


“Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others.”

(Isocrates)

This sounds simple, but it is difficult to implement. A simple example is that we blame others and call them mean things when we are angry but we would never want to be talked to like that by others.


“Anger is just a cowardly extension of sadness. It’s a lot easier to be angry at someone than it is to tell them you’re hurt.”   *

(Tom Gates)

Again, I think that’s a deep anger quotation. One thing that has helped me counter my anger at least to some extent is the thought that the other person is angry at me because he himself is in pain. When we are angry, we are simply projecting our pain on the other person. It is NOT the other person we are really blaming, we are just resisting intensely OUR own hurt and pain. If we were really happy and someone said something bad to us, we would generally neglect it. But when we are really hurt, we will blame others. It is better to just be courageous, admit and tell the other person we are hurt.


“There was never an angry man that thought his anger unjust.”

(St Francis de Sales)

This is again a fantastic anger quotation. We have this tendency to defend our own anger and consider that of others to be unjust. In any argument, we will repeat our points clearly but we will neglect those of others and say that their arguments are unjustified. The truth is that we (and I have been guilty of this) don’t care what the point is. Even if we are wrong, when angry, we just want to prove that we are right.


“Resentment is setting yourself on fire so the smoke will annoy someone.”

(An interesting person I don’t know)

…A fitting analogy. Again, this quote repeats the fact that anger hurts us too because we too are not happy during the time when we are angry and a long time after that too. We want others to suffer so much that we spend a lot of time making ourselves suffer too.


“To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.”

(Confucious)

In simple words, Confucious says, “Stop the pity party, forget what happened and laugh!” 🙂 Yeah.


“If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished?”

(Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Rūmī )

This quote looks at anger in another way. It says that angry situations occur to teach us something. Instead of getting irritated, if we observe our resistance, our hurt and our pain at the moment of anger, we will learn more about ourselves.


“He had taken seriously words which were without importance, and it made him very unhappy.”            

(Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)

Have you read the book “A Little Prince?” This quote is from that book. In the book, the little prince loves a rose (a character). The rose however gets angry at the little prince and says hurtful words. The little prince takes those words seriously and believes that this is what the rose really feels about him. In real life, we take the words said by others in anger seriously when in reality there is a lot of love in their hearts too. Words said in anger are not of importance if we really remember the connection we share with the person. Here’s a picture of “The Little Prince.” 🙂


Have a fascinating and yes….peaceful day. 🙂