The Angry Nation

Sunday, January 5, 2020 – The Angry Nation

Everybody in America is angry about something. ~ Anthony Braxton

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

The greatest remedy for anger is delay. ~ Thomas Paine

Get mad. Then get over it. ~ Colin Powell

There was never an angry man that thought his anger unjust. ~ Saint Francis de Sales

If the world were a bar, America would currently be the angry drunk waving around a loaded gun. Yeah, the other people in the bar may be afraid of him, but they sure as hell don’t respect him. ~ Will Wheaton

Civilization began the first time an angry person cast a word instead of a rock. ~ Sigmund Freud

Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding. ~ Mohandas Gandhi

Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools. ~ Albert Einstein

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

Anger is one of the sinews of the soul. ~ Thomas Fuller

Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean. ~ Maya Angelou

Expressing anger is a form of public littering. ~ Willard Gaylin

If a small thing has the power to make you angry, does that not indicate something about your size? ~ Sydney J. Harris

Keep cool; anger is not an argument. ~ Daniel Webster

When angry, count to four; when very angry, swear. ~ Mark Twain

In certain trying circumstances, urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances, profanity furnishes a relief denied even to prayer. ~ Mark Twain

A man that does not know how to be angry does not know how to be good. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

Every child senses, with all the horse sense that’s in him, that any parent is angry inside when children misbehave and they dread more the anger that is rarely or never expressed openly, wondering how awful it might be. ~ Benjamin Spock

A man who has never made a woman angry is a failure in life. ~ Christopher Morley

I know of no more disagreeable situation than to be left feeling generally angry without anybody in particular to be angry at. ~ Frank Moore Colby

I was so angry to realize I’m a Quebecois, with no past, no history, just two cans of maple syrup. ~ Jean Claude Lauzon

It’s practically impossible to look at a penguin and feel angry. ~ Joe Moore

We will never be authentically angry or authentically fair while we are trying to be both at once. ~ Ray Blanton

When I am right, I get angry. Churchill gets angry when he is wrong. We are angry at each other much of the time. ~ Charles de Gaulle

There is nothing more galling to angry people than the coolness of those on whom they wish to vent their spleen. ~ Alexandre Dumas

The worst-tempered people I’ve ever met were people who knew they were wrong. ~ Wilson Mizner

People who fly into a rage always make a bad landing. ~ Will Rogers

Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die. ~ Malachy McCourt

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 savor to the last toothsome morsel both the pain you are given and the pain you are giving back – in many 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

To carry a grudge is like being stung to death by one bee. ~ William H. Walton

Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor. ~ Elizabeth I (1533 – 1603), in Francis Bacon, Apophthegms, 1625

If you get down and quarrel every day, you’re saying prayers to the devil, I say. ~ Bob Marley

I shall allow no man to belittle my soul by making me hate him. ~ Booker T. Washington

Love implies anger. The man who is angered by nothing cares about nothing. ~ Edward Abbey

Anger is an expensive luxury in which only men of certain income can indulge. ~ George William Curtis

Experts say you should never hit your children in anger. When is a good time? When you’re feeling festive? ~ Roseanne Barr

My father was often angry when I was most like him. ~ Lillian Hellman

You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger. ~ Buddha

The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off. ~ Gloria Steinem

The best fighter is never angry. ~ Lao Tzu

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

Never forget what a man says to you when he is angry. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

Anger is the prelude to courage. ~ Eric Hoffer

The finest fury is the most controlled. ~ Christopher Hitchens

Men ought either to be indulged or utterly destroyed, for if you merely offend them they take vengeance, but if you injure them greatly they are unable to retaliate, so that the injury done to a man ought to be such that vengeance cannot be feared. ~ Niccolo Machiavelli

The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury. ~ Marcus Aurelius

Certainly, in taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy, but in passing it over, he is superior; for it is a prince’s part to pardon. ~ Francis Bacon

Anger ventilated often hurries towards forgiveness; anger concealed often hardens into revenge. ~ Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

Revenge is not always sweet, once it is consummated we feel inferior to our victim. ~ Emile M. Cioran

We should forgive our enemies, but not before they are hanged. ~ Heinrich Heine

I am often thought of as being remarkably bright, and yet my brains, more often than not, are busily devising new and interesting ways of bringing my enemies to sudden, gagging, writhing agonizing death. ~ Alan Bradley

I know there are people who believe you should forgive and forget. For the record, I’d like to say I’m a big fan of forgiveness as long as I’m given the opportunity to get even first. ~ Sue Grafton

You can get angry, you can get even, or you can get ahead. ~ Jeffrey Fry

Something of vengeance I had tasted for the first time; as aromatic wine it seemed, on swallowing, warm and racy: its after-flavor, metallic and corroding, gave me a sensation as if I had been poisoned. ~ Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre