Quotes hold up a mirror to see inside myself, and a window to see a better way to live. That’s why I love collecting quotes.
Recently while teaching our Retirees Connections Class on the closing verses of Ephesians 4, I went through my file on anger and came up with these quotes for this week’s Soul Food for Friday. May they keep your anger and perhaps even more my anger under control.
“Anger is the only thing to put off till tomorrow.” — Slovakian Proverb
“Lots of people have the power to hurt or frustrate me. Only one has the power to make me angry. Me.” — John Ortberg
“Anger is never without a reason but seldom a good one.” — Benjamin Franklin
“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.” — Buddha
“If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.” — Chinese Proverb
“The best remedy for a short temper is a long walk.” — Jaqueline Schliff (This one works well for me!)
“Speak when you are angry, and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.” — Ambrose Bierce
“A man is as big as the things that make him angry.” — Winston Churchill
“You can’t shake hands with a clenched fist.” — Indira Gandhi
“Never get angry except on purpose.” — Unknown Japanese Diplomat (There is a time for righteous anger.)
“Of the Seven Deadly Sins, anger is possibly the most fun. To lick your wounds, to smack your lips over grievances long past, to roll over your tongue the prospect of bitter confrontations still to come, to save to the last toothsome morsel from the pain you are given and the pain you are giving back — in may ways it is a feast fit for a king. The chief drawback is that what you are wolfing down is yourself. The skeleton at the feast is you.” — Frederick Buechner
“In your anger do not sin” : Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry. — Ephesians 4:26 (New International Version)
“He that would be angry and not sin, must be angry at nothing but sin.” — Rev. William Secker, 17th Century British past0r (This is the focus of righteous anger.)
“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 — that is not easy.” — Aristotle
“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” — Proverbs 15:1 (New International Version)
“He who restrains his anger overcomes his greatest enemy.” — Latin Proverb
Anger is one of those “respectable” sins as the small group Sharon and I are a part of recently discussed. Keeping anger under control does not only call for my power (that is called a short fuse), but a work of the Holy Spirit (that is a Spirit-empowered fuse, a long fuse).
Here’s to an “anger-free” Friday. Unless of course it is one of those areas of righteous anger that has God on your side, just make sure you are on His side, and not trying to drag Him to yours.
What are some of your favorite “anger” quotes?