Saturday, August 27, 2011


Over the month of July, collected interesting quotes about anger from different books.

Anger is a very powerful form of energy if it is transformed and put to good use. It is very debilitating as an emotion.

July 26

“‘Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to the dark side.’”

The Dark Divine by Bree Despain

July 25

Anger with God was a tired and useless emotion, anger with God was so terrestrial and neutering.

The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris

July 24

Anger, like other emotions, is a judgment. When you get angry, you’re judging other people (“You treated me badly”) and situations (“This just doesn’t suit”). Anger is a statement — your statement — about right and wrong. The more you judge the world, the more likely you’ll be angry — about something.

Anger Management For Dummies by W. Doyle Gentry

July 23

Anger stems from irrational beliefs about others, and anxiety stems from irrational beliefs about yourself.

The Brain Mechanic by Spencer Lord

July 22

“I read somewhere that anger is the teacher…forgiveness the lesson.”

The Recipe Club: A Tale of Food and Friendship by Andrea Israel, Nancy Garfinkel

July 21

“Whenever you don’t know what you’re feeling, you reach for anger.”

The Myth of You and Me: A Novel by Leah Stewart

July 20

Someone once told me that sarcasm is the safe alternative to expressing anger.

Degree of Guilt by Richard North Patterson

July 19

If we carry anger inside of us, it can slowly eat our souls away.

Chronically Happy by Lori Hartwell

July 18

Anger is not humanizing. It’s a rehearsal for the performance that never arrives.

Unless: A Novel (P.S.) by Carol Shields

July 17

Nothing wrong with repressed anger as long as it stays repressed.

Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie

July 16

Avoid the three toxic A’s: authoritarianism, anger, and aloofness.

The Soul of Leadership: Unlocking Your Potential for Greatness by Deepak Chopra

July 15

Some sixteen hundred years ago Saint Augustine wrote: “Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are Anger and Courage. Anger that things are the way they are. Courage to make them the way they ought to be.”

The Ten Commandments for Business Failure by Donald R. Keough

July 14

Take action to derail the anger sequence. With rational thinking and positive self-talk, we can derail the anger sequence before it derails us. We can stop resentment cold.

Of Course You're Angry Second Edition by Gayle Rosellini, Mark Worden

July 13

Anger is not a primary emotion. It is always caused by something else. Just beneath the surface of the anger, you will always find great sadness, profound fear, or deep disappointment.

One Soul, One Love, One Heart: The Sacred Path to Healing All Relationships by John E. Welshons

July 12

The psychology of anger is that you wanted something, and somebody prevented you from getting it. Somebody came as a block, as an obstacle. Your whole energy was going to get something and somebody blocked the energy. You could not get what you wanted. Now this frustrated energy becomes anger – anger against the person who has destroyed the possibility of fulfilling your desire.

Emotions: Freedom from Anger, Jealousy & Fear by Osho, Osho International Foundation

July 11

Control is a poor substitute for awareness, a very poor substitute, it doesn’t help much. If you are aware, you need not control anger, in awareness, anger never arises. They cannot exist together.

Awareness: The Key to Living in Balance by Osho

July 10

“You must be willing to suffer the anger of the opponent, and yet not return anger. You must not become bitter. No matter how emotional your opponents are, you must be calm.”

The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Clayborne Carson

July 9

I’ve learned that I must find positive outlets for anger or it will destroy me. I have to try to find a way to channel that anger to the positive, and the highest positive is forgiveness.

The Measure of a Man by Sidney Poitier

July 8

Guilt is a common cause of depression because guilt is a form of pent-up anger. Guilt is anger toward yourself.

Happiness Is a Choice: The Symptoms, Causes, and Cures of Depression by Dr. Paul Meier, Frank M.D. Minirth

July 7

Anger may be expressed outwardly as rage, or turned inward and be experienced as depression. But underneath all anger is fear.

Letting Go With Love: The Grieving Process by Nancy O'Connor

July 6

Wisdom was knowing what to do. Skill was the ability to do it. Virtue was doing it. When wisdom didn’t subdue anger, anger destroyed everything.

Dying For Revenge by Eric Jerome Dickey

July 5, 2011

Anger cannot be overcome by anger. If a person shows anger to you, and you show anger in return, the result is a disaster. In contrast, if you control your anger and show its opposite—love, compassion, tolerance, and patience—then not only will you remain in peace, but the anger of others also will gradually diminish. No one can argue with the fact that in the presence of anger, peace is impossible. Only through kindness and love can peace of mind be achieved.

How to Expand Love by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Jeffrey, Ph.D. Hopkins

July 4, 2011

If a man keeps dwelling on sense-objects, attachment to them arises; from attachment, desire flares up; from desire, anger is born; from anger, confusion follows; from confusion, weakness of memory; weak memory—weak understanding; weak understanding — ruin.

Bhagavad Gita: A New Translation by Stephen Mitchell

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