An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown



 Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.


Aesop (620-560 BC, Greek fabulist)


As the whirlwind in its fury teareth up trees, and deformeth the face of nature, or as an earthquake in its convulsions overturneth whole cities; so the rage of an angry man throweth mischief around him.


Akhenaton (1375 BC, Egyptian king, monotheist)


Indulge not thyself in the passion of anger; it is whetting a sword to wound thine own breast, or murder thy friend.


Akhenaton (1375 BC, Egyptian king, monotheist)


It takes two flints to make a fire.


Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888, American author)


I used to store my anger and it affected my play. Now I get it out. I'm never rude to my playing partner. I'm very focused on the ball. Then it's over.


Helen Alfredsson (1965-, Swedish-born golf star)


Men often make up in wrath what they want in reason.


William R. Alger (1822-1905, American writer)


Every man is his own chief enemy.


Anacharsis (600 BC, Scythian philosopher)


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


Barbara De Angelis (American expert on relationship & love, author)


Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.


Maya Angelou (1928-, African-American poet, writer, performer)

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The angry people are those people who are most afraid.


Dr. Robert Anthony (American educator)


Consider how much more you often suffer from your anger and grief, than from those very things for which you are angry and grieved.


Marcus Antonius (c.83-30 BC, Roman triumvir, related to Julius Caesar)


Anyone can become angry -- that is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way -- this is not easy.


Aristotle (BC 384-322, Greek philosopher)


We praise a man who feels angry on the right grounds and against the right persons and also in the right manner at the right moment and for the right length of time.


Aristotle (BC 384-322, Greek philosopher)


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


Marcus Aurelius (121-12180, Roman emperor, philosopher)


When thou art above measure angry, bethink thee how momentary is man's life.


Marcus Aurelius (121-12180, Roman emperor, philosopher)


Anger cannot be dishonest.


George R. Bach


Anger makes dull men witty -- but it keeps them poor.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


No man is angry that feels not himself hurt.


Sir Francis Bacon


Rage cannot be hidden, it can only be dissembled. This dissembling deludes the thoughtless, and strengthens rage and adds, to rage, contempt.


James Baldwin (1924-1987, American author)


Temper is a weapon that we hold by the blade.


James M. Barrie (1860-1937, British playwright)


I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them.


Clara Barton (1821-1912, American humanitarian)


Dangers bring fears, and fears more dangers bring.


Richard Baxter (1615-1691, British nonconformist theologian)


If a man meets with injustice, it is not required that he shall not be roused to meet it; but if he is angry after he has had time to think upon it, that is sinful. The flame is not wrong, but the coals are.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


The continuance and frequent fits of anger produce in the soul a propensity to be angry; which oftentimes ends in choler, bitterness, and moronity, when the mid becomes ulcerated, peevish, and querulous, and is wounded by the least occurrence.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


The most dangerous people are the ignorant.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


Cease to be a drudge, seek to be an artist.


Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955, American educator, consultant for the U.S. government)


It is better to do thine own duty, however lacking in merit, than to do that of another, even though efficiently. It is better to die doing one's own duty, for to do the duty of another is fraught with danger.


Bhagavad Gita (c. BC 400-, Sanskrit poem incorporated into the Mahabharata)


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


Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914, American author, editor, journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary")


True revolutions ... restore more than they destroy.


Louise Bogan (1897-1970, American poet, critic)


Anger begins with folly, and ends with repentance.


H. G. Bohn (British publisher)


Violence in the voice is often only the death rattle of reason in the throat.


John F. Boyes


Anger and worry are the enemies of clear thought.


Madeleine Brent


No one is worthy of a good home here or in heaven that is not willing to be in peril for a good cause.


John Mason Brown (1800-1859, American militant abolitionist)


Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment are cherished in the mind. Anger will disappear just as soon as thoughts of resentment are forgotten.


Buddha (568-488 BC, Indian born, founder of Buddhism)


Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned.


Buddha (568-488 BC, Indian born, founder of Buddhism)


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


Buddha (568-488 BC, Indian born, founder of Buddhism)


Anger ventilated often hurries towards forgiveness; anger concealed often hardens into revenge.


Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873, British novelist, poet)


In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


No person is important enough to make me angry.


Carlos Castaneda (1925-, American anthropologist, author)


I tell you, there is no such thing as creative hate!


Willa Cather (1876-1947, American author)


An angry man opens his mouth and shuts his eyes.


Cato The Elder (BC 234-149, Roman statesman, orator)


Those who'll play with cats must expect to be scratched.


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


Danger:  the spur of all great minds.


George Chapman (1557-1634, British dramatist, translator, poet)


Danger -- if you meet it promptly and without flinching -- you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never!


Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British statesman, Prime Minister)


Nothing is so exhilarating in life as to be shot at with no result.


Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British statesman, Prime Minister)


Anger is the most impotent of passions. It effects nothing it goes about, and hurts the one who is possessed by it more than the one against whom it is directed.


Lord Clarendon


If I would be happy, I would be a bad ballplayer. With me, when I get mad, it puts energy in my body.


Roberto Clemente (1934-1972, American baseball player)


I know of no more disagreeable situation than to be left feeling generally angry without anybody in particular to be angry at.


Frank Moore Colby (1865-1925, American editor, essayist)


It is better to meet danger than to wait for it. He that is on a lee shore, and foresees a hurricane, stands out to sea and encounters a storm to avoid a shipwreck.


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


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


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


When anger rises, think of the consequences.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.


William Congreve (1670-1729, British dramatist)


Anger, even when it punishes the faults of delinquents, ought not to precede reason as its mistress, but attend as a handmaid at the back of reason, to come to the front when bidden. For once it begins to take control of the mind, it calls just what it does cruelly.


George William Curtis (1824-1892, American journalist)


He who holds back rising anger like a rolling chariot, him I call a real driver; other people are but holding the reins


Dhammapada (BC 300-, Buddhist collection of moral aphorism)


Anger as soon as fed is dead; 'Tis starving makes it fat.


Emily Dickinson (1830-1886, American poet)


Never go to bed angry, stay up and fight.


Phyllis Diller (1917-, American author, actor)


There's nothing wrong with anger provided you use it constructively.


Wayne Dyer (1940-, American  psychotherapist, author, lecturer)

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What comes out of you when you are squeezed is what is inside of you.


Wayne Dyer (1940-, American  psychotherapist, author, lecturer)

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When you squeeze an orange, orange juice comes out -- because that's what's inside. When you are squeezed, what comes out is what is inside.


Wayne Dyer (1940-, American  psychotherapist, author, lecturer)

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Go ahead, make my day.


Clint Eastwood (1930-, American actor, director, politician, composer, musician, producer)


To rule one's anger is well; to prevent it is better.


Tryon Edwards (1809-1894, American theologian)


However well organized the foundations of life may be, life must always be full of risks.


Havelock Ellis (1859-1939, British psychologist)


Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


Hatred is like fire -- it makes even light rubbish deadly.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


A man makes inferiors his superiors by heat; self-control is the rule.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


As soon as there is life there is danger.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


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


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Act nothing in a furious passion. It's putting to sea in a storm.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


Anger is one of the sinews of the soul; he that wants it hath a maimed mind.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


The most dangerous thing is illusion.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


The wise man in the storm prays to God, not for safety from danger, but for deliverance from fear.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


We boil at different degrees.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Whenever you are angry, be assured that it is not only a present evil, but that you have increased a habit.


Epictetus (50-138, Phrygian philosopher)


Revenge may not be a particularly high consciousness-oriented activity.


Carrie Fisher (1956-, American actress, novelist)


Stay out of the road, if you want to grow old.


Pink Floyd


The whole human race loses by every act of personal vengeance.


Rae Foley


Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


The tendency of aggression is an innate, independent, instinctual disposition in man... it constitutes the most powerful obstacle to culture.


Sigmund Freud (1856-1939, Austrian physician, founder of Psychoanalysis)


He that will not sail till all dangers are over must never put to sea.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


Two things a man should never be angry at: what he can help, and what he cannot help.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.


Indira Gandhi (1917-1984, Indian Prime Minster)


Anger and intolerance are the twin enemies of correct understanding.


Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian political, spiritual leader)


When I am right, I get angry. Churchill gets angry when he is wrong. So we were often angry at each other.


Charles De Gaulle (1890-1970, French president during World War II)


The most dangerous thing in the world is to try to leap a chasm in two jumps.


David Lloyd George (1863-1945, British Prime Minister)


Many have had their greatness made for them by their enemies.


Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658, Spanish philosopher, writer)


Never do anything when you are in a temper, for you will do everything wrong.


Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658, Spanish philosopher, writer)


Every time a man unburdens his heart to a stranger he reaffirms the love that unites humanity.


Germaine Greer (1939-, Australian feminist writer)


Anger is never without an argument, but seldom with a good one.


Edward F. Halifax (1881-1959, British conservative statesman)


Most men's anger about religion is as if two men should quarrel for a lady they neither of them care for.


Edward F. Halifax (1881-1959, British conservative statesman)


If a small thing has the power to make you angry, does that not indicate something about your size?


Sidney J. Harris (1917-, American journalist)


Wise anger is like fire from a flint: there is great ado to get it out; and when it does come, it is out again immediately.


M. Henry


No one that encounters prosperity does not also encounter danger.


Heraclitus (BC 535-475, Greek philosopher)


Without danger you cannot get beyond danger.


George Herbert (1593-1632, British metaphysical poet)


Anger may be kindled in the noblest breasts: but in these slow droppings of an unforgiving temper never takes the shape of consistency of enduring hatred.


G. S. Hillard


In time of danger, it is proper to be alarmed until danger be near at hand; but when we perceive that danger is near, we should oppose it as if we were not afraid.


Hitopadesa (600-1100 AD, Sanskrit fable from Panchatantra)


Anger is a brief lunacy.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


Anger is a momentary madness, so control your passion or it will control you.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


Anger is a short madness.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


My liver swells with bile difficult to repress.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


The one who cannot restrain their anger will wish undone what their temper and irritation prompted them to do.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


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