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Quotes About Anger

"If a man does not control his temper, it is a sad admission that he is not in control of his thoughts.   He then becomes a victim of his own passions and emotions, which lead him to actions that are totally unfit for civilized behavior, let alone behavior for a priesthood holder."

President Ezra Taft Benson - "Godly Characteristics of the Master" - Oct. 1986

"For every sixty seconds of anger, You lose one minute of happiness." 

Ralph Waldo Emerson            

"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."

Theodore M. Burton - "Blessed Are the Peacemakers" - Oct. 1974

"Anger makes your mouth work faster than your mind."

"The longer we are members of the Church, the better we understand the gospel, the more we will be inclined to be peacefully minded.  The more diligently we follow the teaching of Christ, the slower we will be to be angry with each other and the quicker we will be to forgive each other."

Theodore M. Burton,   Germany Area Conference Report,   Aug, 1973,  p. 98

"We boil at different degrees."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"To make decisions while infuriated is as unwise and foolish as it is for a captain to put out to sea in a raging storm."

ElRay L. Christiansen - April 1971 Gen. Conf.

"No man has any influence or power for good when angry."

J. Golden Kimball,  CR  April 1909,  p. 38

"...anger itself does more harm than the condition which aroused anger,..."

David O. McKay - April 1958 Gen. Conf.

"He who harbors hatred and bitterness injures himself far more than the one towards whom he manifests these evil propensities."

David O. McKay

"When angry, count ten before you speak; if very angry, a hundred."

Thomas Jefferson

"A man who cannot control his temper is not very likely to control his passions, and no matter what his pretensions in religion, he moves in daily life very close to the animal plane."

David O. McKay - (CR  October 1963?)

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

Marcus Aurelius

"The only vulnerable place in our armor is where we ourselves leave it exposed, because God has armed us at all points.  He has made us impervious to outside attacks.  But when we boil inside, destruction waits upon us."

Brigham Young,  Jr.,   CR  April 1898,  p. 26

"He who can suppress a moments anger may prevent a day of sorrow."

Tryon Edwards

"Anger is just a letter short of DANGER."

"Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances."

Thomas Jefferson 

"'Let All . . . Anger . . . Be Put Away From You . . . ' or the Case Against Anger." 

"Most people usually do not assume responsibility for their anger.  Instead, what we typically hear is, 'You made me angry.' 'They made me upset,' etc.  I trust it is evident that these types of statements are not true.  No one else can 'make' you angry.  We have to make ourselves angry. What others say and do is, yes, a part of the equation, but without our contribution to the equation, anger cannot arise nor exist.  This can be a very threatening conception of anger, and yet it is also very freeing, for as long as we do determine our own emotional responses, we are free to change and to control them.  If other people or events were, in fact, responsible for our emotional responses, then we would not have the freedom nor ability to change them--unless we could control other people and events, which is much more challenging and usually impossible.  Thus, principle 1 in the case against anger is, we are ultimately responsible for our own anger.

Kelly, Burton C. AMCAP Journal, February 1979, pp. 6-13

"Letting off steam always produces more heat than light."

Neal A. Maxwell - "Murmur Not"  (Ensign, November 1989, page 84)

"Uncontrolled anger distorts reason and cancels out wisdom.  All of us are susceptible to rising anger, but before we act we can put ourselves under control."

Elder Wm. Grant Bangerter, "It's a Two-Way Street", BYU Speeches of the Year 1984-85, August 4, 1985

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

Chinese Proverb

"It (anger) is not the macho thing.  It is an indication of weakness.  Anger is not an expression of strength. It is an indication of one's inability to control his thoughts, words, his emotions.  Of course it is easy to get angry.  When the weakness of anger takes over, the strength of reason leaves. Cultivate within yourselves the mighty power of self-discipline."

"Our Solemn Responsibilities" - Gordon B. Hinckley - Oct. 1991