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



 Great perils have this beauty, that they bring to light the fraternity of strangers.


Victor Hugo (1802-1885, French poet, dramatist, novelist)


The best remedy for a short temper is a long walk.


Joseph Joubert (1754-1824, French moralist)


Always keep your composure. You can't score from the penalty box; and to win, you have to score.


Bobby Hull (1939-, American  hockey player)


If a little knowledge is dangerous, where is the man who has so much as to be out of danger?


Thomas H. Huxley (1825-1895, British biologist, educator)


A person in danger should not try to escape at one stroke. He should first calmly hold his own, then be satisfied with small gains, which will come by creative adaptations.


I Ching (12th century BC, Chinese book of changes)


The responses of human beings vary greatly under dangerous circumstances. The strong man advances boldly to meet them head on. The weak man grows agitated. But the superior man stands up to fate, endures resolutely in his inner certainty.


I Ching (12th century BC, Chinese book of changes)


Anger blows out the lamp of the mind. In the examination of a great and important question, everyone should be serene, slow-pulsed and calm.


Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899, American orator, lawyer)


Anger is a wind which blows out the lamp of the mind.


Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899, American orator, lawyer)


Temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.


Washington Irving (1783-1859, American author)


When angry, count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.


Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, American President (3rd))


It was his peculiar happiness that he scarcely ever found a stranger whom he did not leave a friend; but it must likewise be added, that he had not often a friend long without obliging him to become a stranger.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.


Helen Keller (1880-1968, American blind/deaf author, lecturer, amorist)


My mother used to say, "He who angers you conquers you."


Sister Elizabeth Kenny


A wave of anger washed over me, anger against myself, at my age at the time, that stupid lyrically age, when a man is too great a riddle to himself to be interested in the riddles outside himself and when other people are mere walking mirrors in which he is amazed to find his own emotions, his own worth.


Milan Kundera (1929-, Czech author, critic)


Nothing is so dangerous as an ignorant friend.


Jean De La Fontaine (1621-1695, French poet)


Anger is a killing thing: it kills the man who angers, for each rage leaves him less than he had been before -- it takes something from him.


Louis L'Amour (1908-1988, American Western author)


The flame of anger, bright and brief, sharpens the barb of love.


Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864, British poet, essayist)


The moment one accosts a stranger or is accosted by him is above all in this life the moment of drama... Whoever we meet watches us intently at the quick, strange moment of meeting, to see whether we are disposed to be friendly.


Haniel Long (1888-1956, American author, poet, journalist)


Would you learn the secret of the sea? Only those who brave its dangers, comprehend its mystery!


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)


The mere apprehension of a coming evil has put many into a situation of the utmost danger.


F. L. Lucan (39-65, Roman epic poet)


When I am angry I can pray well and preach well.


Martin Luther (1483-1546, German leader of the protestant reformation)


Princes and governments are far more dangerous than other elements within society.


Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527, Italian author, statesman)


He took over anger to intimidate subordinates, and in time anger took over him.


Saint Albertus Magnus


The angry man will defeat himself in battle as well as in life.


Samurai Maxim


Sticks and stones are hard on bones aimed with angry art. Words can sting like anything but silence breaks the heart.


Phyllis McGinley (1905-1978, American poet, author)


Anger itself does more harm than the condition which aroused anger.


David O. McKay


Every time you get angry, you poison your own system.


Alfred A. Montapert (American author)


The person who runs away exposes himself to that very danger more than a person who sits quietly.


Jawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964, Indian nationalist, statesman)


If we survive danger, it steels our courage more than anything else.


Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971, American theologian, historian)


The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


A viper without fangs is like a piece of rope.


Indian Proverb (Sayings of Indian origin)


Thinking evil is much the same as doing it.


Greek Proverb (Sayings of Greek  origin)


All anger is not sinful, because some degree of it, and on some occasions, is inevitable. But it becomes sinful and contradicts the rule of Scripture when it is conceived upon slight and inadequate provocation, and when it continues long.


Babe Paley


Do not suppress it -- that would hurt you inside. Do not express it -- this would not only hurt you inside, it would cause ripples in your surroundings. What you do is transform it.


Peace Pilgrim (1908-1981, American peace activist)


He best keeps from anger who remembers that God is always looking upon him.


Plato (BC 427?-347?, Greek philosopher)


When danger approaches, sing to it.


Arabian Proverb (Sayings of Arabian origin)


Biggest profits mean gravest risks.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


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


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


A praying pirate is definitely a sign of danger.


Dutch Proverb (Sayings of Dutch origin)


Between the anvil and the hammer.


German Proverb (Sayings of German origin)


Anger can be an expensive luxury.


Italian Proverb (Sayings of Italian origin)


When the danger is past God is cheated.


Italian Proverb (Sayings of Italian origin)


Anger is as a stone cast into a wasp's nest.


Malabar Proverb (Sayings of Malabar origin)


Avoiding danger is not cowardice. Courage without discretion is no good.


Philipino Proverb


Danger and delight grow on one stalk.


Scottish Proverb (Sayings of Scottish origin)


Where there is a sea, there are pirates.


Singaporean Proverb


A quarrel is like an itch; the more you scratch, the more it itches.


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


Anger is the thorn in the heart.


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


Beware of him that is slow to anger; for when it is long coming, it is the stronger when it comes, and the longer kept. Abused patience turns to fury.


Francis Quarles (1592-1644, British poet)


Let the fear of a danger be a spur to prevent it; he that fears not, gives advantage to the danger.


Francis Quarles (1592-1644, British poet)


Man should forget his anger before he lies down to sleep.


Thomas De Quincey (1785-1859, British author)


The evil of the world is made possible by nothing but the sanction you give it.


Ayn Rand (1905-1982, Russian philosopher, author, "Atlas Shrugged")


There are good and bad times, but our mood changes more often than our fortune.


Jules Renard (1864-1910, French author, dramatist)


Wit is the salt of conversation, not the food, and few things in the world are more wearying than a sarcastic attitude towards life.


Agnes Repplier (1858-1950, American author, social critic)


It doesn't pay to say too much when you are mad enough to choke. For the word that stings the deepest is the word that is never spoke, Let the other fellow wrangle till the storm has blown away, then he'll do a heap of thinking about the things you didn't say.


James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916, American poet)


The anger of a person who is strong, can always bide its time.


John Ruskin (1819-1900, British critic, social theorist)


Indignation is a submission of our thoughts, but not of our desires.


Bertrand Russell (1872-1970, British philosopher, mathematician, essayist)


We cannot banish dangers, but we can banish fears. We must not demean life by standing in awe of death.


David Sarnoff (1891-1971, Belarus-born American entrepreneur)


In this world there is always danger for those who are afraid of it.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


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


St. Francis De Sales (1567-1622, Roman Catholic bishop, writer)


Doomed are the hotheads! Unhappy are they who lose their cool and are too proud to say, "I'm sorry."


Robert H. Schuller (1926-, American minister, author, social leader)


He that would be angry and sin not, must not be angry with anything but sin.


Thomas Secker


Wise people say nothing in dangerous times.


John Selden (1584-1654, British jurist, statesman)


Anger is like those ruins which smash themselves on what they fall.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


Anger: an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


Constant exposure to dangers will breed contempt for them.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


The deferring of anger is the best antidote to anger.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


The greatest remedy for anger is delay.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


There is nobody who is not dangerous for someone.


Marquise De SeVigne


I do desire we may be better strangers.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


Out of this nettle, danger, we pluck this flower, safety.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


Send danger from the east unto the west, so honor cross it from the north to south.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look; He thinks too much; such men are dangerous.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)

Source: Julius Caesar


Consider, when you are enraged at any one, what you would probably think if he should die during the dispute.


William Shenstone (1714-1763, British poet)


Anger is a great force. If you control it, it can be transmuted into a power which can move the whole world.


Sri Swami Sivananda (1887-1963, Indian physician, sage)


A vigorous temper is not altogether an evil. Men who are easy as an old shoe are generally of little worth.


Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892, British Baptist preacher)


Anger is an expensive luxury in which only men of a certain income can indulge.


St. Gregory The Great (c. 540-604, Italian pope)


I lose my temper, but it's all over in a minute, said the student. "So is the hydrogen bomb," I replied. "But think of the damage it produces!"


George Sweeting


We are confronted by a first danger, the destructiveness of applied atomic energy. And then we are confronted by a second danger, that we do not enough appreciate the first danger.


Raymond G. Swing


An angry man is again angry with himself when he returns to reason.


Publilius Syrus (85 BC- 43BC, Roman writer)


One is not exposed to danger who, even when in safety is always on their guard.


Publilius Syrus (85 BC- 43BC, Roman writer)


Anger rest in the bosom of fools.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Ephesians 4:26


Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Ecclesiastes 7:9


He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty and He that ruleth his spirit is better than He that taketh a city.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and angry woman.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Proverbs 21:19


Scornful men bring a city into a snare, but wise men turn away wrath.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Proverbs 29:8


The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Proverbs 19:11


The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood, but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Proverbs 12:6


Depression is rage spread thin.


Paul Tillich (1886-1965, German protestant theologian, philosopher)


Anger is a noble infirmity; the generous failing of the just; the one degree that riseth above zeal, asserting the prerogative of virtue.


Martin Tupper (1810-1889, British author, poet, inventor)


When angry, count four; when very angry, swear.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


A wreck on shore is a beacon at sea.


Author Unknown


Actually, the streets are quite safe today, it's the people on them who aren't.


Author Unknown


Anger is only one letter short of danger.


Author Unknown


Anxiety is the rust of life, destroying its brightness and weakening its power. A childlike and abiding trust in Providence is its best preventatiive and remedy.


Author Unknown


Danger past; God forgotten.


Author Unknown


He who is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.


Author Unknown


No one can make us be angry. People can say and do things to us but it is still up to us as individuals to do what we want with our emotions in response to those things.


Author Unknown


No one is as angry as the person who is wrong.


Author Unknown


Sticks and stones may break your bones when there's anger to impart. Spiteful words can hurt your feelings but silence breaks your heart. Anger is as a stone cast into a wasp's nest.


Author Unknown


The best answer to answer to anger is silence.


Author Unknown


The broad general rule is that a man is about as big as the things that make him angry.


Author Unknown


The size of a man is measured by the size of the thing that makes him angry.


Author Unknown


The wrath of brothers is fierce and devilish.


Author Unknown


When good cheer is lacking, our friends will be packing.


Author Unknown


When you meet up with a disagreeable person, never allow yourself to be upset. Say to yourself,  if a dowdy like that can stand himself all his life, surely I can stand him for a few minutes."


Author Unknown


Whenever you get red in the face, whenever you raise your voice, whenever you get hot under the collar or angry, rebellious or negative in spirit, then know that the spirit of God is leaving you and the spirit of Satan is beginning to take over.


Author Unknown


Being on the tightrope is living; everything else is waiting.


Karl Wallenda (1905-1978, German-born American tight-rope walker)


Don't play for safety -- it's the most dangerous thing in the world.


Sir Hugh Walpole (1884-1941, New Zealand writer)


If any has a stone to throw It is not I, ever or now.


Elinor Wylie


To be angry about trifles is mean and childish; to rage and be furious is brutish; and to maintain perpetual wrath is akin to the practice and temper of devils; but to prevent and suppress rising resentment is wise and glorious, is manly and divine.


Alan W. Watts (1915-1973, British-born American philosopher, author)


Keep cool; anger is not an argument.


Daniel Webster (1782-1852, American lawyer, statesman)


There is not in nature, a thing that makes man so deformed, so beastly, as doth intemperate anger.


John Webster (1580-1625, British dramatist)


Fire destroys that which feeds it.


Simone Weil (1910-1943, French philosopher, mystic)


It is the business of the future to be dangerous.


Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947, British mathematician, philosopher)


I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.


Tennessee Williams (1914-1983, American dramatist)


You cannot hate other people without hating yourself.


Oprah Winfrey (1954-, American TV personality, producer, actress, author)


If you make fun of bad persons you make yourself beneath them.... Be kind to bad and good, for you don't know your own heart.


Sarah Winnemucca


Rage and bitterness do not foster femininity. They harden the heart and make the body sick.


Marion Woodman


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