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* The positive value of anger is not limited to peace activists, but is relevant to all who work for social change. It may be argued that anger is the personal fuel in the social motor that resolves the institutional contradictions that arise in the course of history. As such. it applies to the activists who rid the world of slavery, and who moved the political economic systems from feudalism to capitalism and from capitalism to socialism, and who are fighting today to rid the world of racism and sexism.
-- David Adams

Anybody can become angry, that is easy; but to be angry with the right person, and to the right degree, and at the right time, and for the right purpose, and in the right way, that is not within everybody's power, that is not easy.
-- Aristotle (384-322 BC)

Our anger and annoyance are more detrimental to us than the things themselves which anger or annoy us.
--Marcus Aurelius

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

Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs.
-- Charlotte Bronte

"Forgiving is one of the most difficult things for a human being to do, but I think it means looking at some slight you feel, putting yourself in the position of the other person, and wiping away any sort of resentment and antagonism you feel toward them. Then let that other person know that everything is perfectly friendly and normal between you."
~ Jimmy Carter


Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were.
-- Cherie Carter-Scott

The price of hating other human beings is loving oneself less.
-- Elderidge Cleaver

"I think forgiveness is an aspect of our humanity. I think a lot of as are brought up to believe that if we don't somehow forgive, whatever it is that's ailing, troubling, angering, enraging or shaming us, or getting us in any way worked up, is going to live longer without forgiveness, whether it's ourselves or others we're forgiving."
-- Robert Coles

When anger rises, think of the consequences.
-- Confucius

We plant seeds that will flower as results in our lives, so best to remove the weeds of anger, avarice, envy and doubt, that peace and abundance may manifest for all.
-- Dorothy Day


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

For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Forgiving is an act of mercy toward an offender. We are no longer controlled by angry feelings toward this person."
-- Robert D. Enright

If you do not wish to be prone to anger, do not feed the habit; give it nothing which may tend to its increase.
-- Epictetus

"When I see the migrant workers' broken bodies and eyes without hope, I want to embrace and wipe away their fears. It makes me angry and helps me to keep fighting the oppressive system."
-- Irene Fernandez

"Forgiveness works directly on the emotion of anger (and related constructs such as resentment, hostility, or hatred) by diminishing its intensity or level within the mind and heart."
-- Richard Fitzgibbons

Anger is never without a reason, but seldom a good one.
-- Benjamin Franklin

"An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind."
-- Mohandas K. Gandhi

"To forgive is to set yourself free, to acknowledge that it does no good to hate. Hate really, really destroys both the other person and yourself. That realization is what I think taught me about forgiveness, and so I try to live by it."
--Ruby Bridges Hall

Though we all have the fear and the seeds of anger within us, we must learn not to water those seeds and instead nourish our positive qualities – those of compassion, understanding, and loving kindness.
-- Thich Nhat Hanh


"Forgiveness is an act of the imagination. It dares you to imagine a better future, one that is based on the blessed possibility that your hurt will not be the final word on the matter. It challenges you to give up your destructive thoughts about the situation and to believe in the possibility of a better future. It builds confidence that you can survive the pain and grow from it. "
-- Larry James

In spite of the fact that the law of revenge solves no social problems, men continue to follow its disastrous leading. History is cluttered with the wreckage of nations and individuals that pursued this self-defeating path."
-- Martin Luther King, Jr

Holding on to anger, resentment and hurt only gives you tense muscles, a headache and a sore jaw from clenching your teeth. Forgiveness gives you back the laughter and the lightness in your life.
-- Joan Lunden

"The Lady who Knows About Mads says that word MAD can mean Make a Difference! Healthy anger is setting firm, fair boundaries."
-- Lynne Namka (

Life is about choices. You have choices about what to do when you get mad.
-- Lynne Namka (

"The Lady who Knows About Mads says that word MAD can mean Make a Difference! Healthy anger is setting firm, fair boundaries."
-- Lynne Namka (

One great thing about being a Human Being is that you do get choices. We can use our choices about our mads to become gentle, loving people.
-- Lynne Namka (

Everyone gets the angries. But sometimes they make us say and do things that we don't really mean. We can learn how to release those mads in safe ways, so that no one gets hurt and we feel better.
-- Lynne Namka (

Speak when you are angry - and you will make the best speech you'll ever regret.
-- Laurence J. Peter

Five enemies of peace inhabit with us - avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride; if these were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace.
-- Petrarch

Never get angry. Never make a threat. Reason with people.
-- Mario Puzo

“When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?”
-- Eleanor Roosevelt

"If I hold a grudge because I'm angry, I feel strong. But to set that anger aside takes real strength."
-- Everett L. Worthington, Jr.

The best remedy for anger is delay.
-- Brigham Young




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