Seneca on Anger

“We cease to be so angry once we cease to be so hopeful.”

~ Seneca

Psalm 37 / Fretting

Cease from anger and forsake wrath; Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing.

~ Psalm 37: 7-8

Marcus Aurelius on Harm

“Choose not to be harmed and you won’t feel harmed. Don’t feel harmed, and you haven’t been.”

~ Marcus Aurelius

The Daily Stoic on Control

How to Control Your Anger like a Stoic:

– Identify the costs of anger
– Identify what’s in your control
– Accept that there are going to be stupid people
– Don’t get upset in advance
– Let go of the past
– Get physical/exercise
– Look for something to be grateful for

~ The Daily Stoic / Twitter

Jennifer Doudna on Perspective

“When I get frustrated I try to take the long view,” she says. “I try to imagine how I would feel 50 or 100 years from now, if I came back and I was looking at this whole story.”

~ Jennifer Doudna / Financial Times, January 31st 2020

Epictetus on Anger

Any person capable of angering you becomes your master.

~ Epictetus

Samuel Beckett on Swearing

“Anger led me sometimes to slight excesses of language.”

~ Samuel Beckett

William Irvine on Being Sensitive

“If we are overly sensitive, we will be quick to anger. More generally, says Seneca, if we coddle ourselves, if we allow ourselves to be corrupted by pleasure, nothing will seem bearable to us, and the reason things will seem unbearable is not because they are hard but because we are soft.”

~ Irvine, William B. / A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy (p. 161). Oxford University Press. Kindle Edition.

Tim Parks on Anger

“And the less I was angry the less I was in pain.”

~ Tim Parks / Teach us to Sit Still

Benjamin Franklin on Anger

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

~ Benjamin Franklin

Pope Francis on Joy

“To live joyfully we must let go of anger, wrath, violence, and revenge.”

~ Pope Francis

Mark Twain on Anger

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

~ Mark Twain

Buddha on Anger

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

~ Buddha

Ursula K. Le Guin on Anger

“Anger continued on past its usefulness becomes unjust, then dangerous … It fuels not positive activism but regression, obsession, vengeance, self-righteousness. Corrosive, it feeds off itself, destroying its host in the process.”

~ Ursula K. Le Guin

Marcus Aurelius on Anger

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

~ Marcus Aurelius