Inspirational Quotes about Anger

Anger. It’s a peculiar yet predictable emotion. It begins as a drop of water. An irritant. A frustration. Nothing big, just an aggravation. Someone gets your parking place. Someone pulls in front of you on the freeway. A waitress is slow and you are in a hurry. The toast burns. Drops of water. Drip. Drip. Drip. Drip. Yet, enough of these seemingly innocent drops of anger and before long you’ve got a bucket full of rage. Walking revenge. Blind bitterness. Unharnessed hatred. We trust no one and bare our teeth at anyone who gets near. We become walking time bombs that, given just the right tension and fear, could explode. Now, is that any way to live? What good has hatred ever brought? What hope has anger ever created? What problems have ever been resolved by revenge? (22)

– Max Lucado, No Wonder They Call Him Savior.

Cited in You Have Chosen to Remember, p. 152-153 

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There is a difference between speaking with anger and speaking your truth. When you speak with anger, know that the ego-self is speaking. Know that you’re reacting to and focusing on an illusion you see as real. When you speak with anger you bring forth, knowingly or not, emotionally repressed feelings from the past. You replace the present with the past and you lose the opportunity to experience what is really going on.

When you speak with anger, you are not really concerned with how those listening to you will feel. All you really care about is that your point of view is heard. When you come from such a place, all you are doing is making the listener defensive. The listener then puts up a wall to defend himself or herself against the perceived attack. As a result, you end up arguing or shouting at a wall with the hopes of being heard. Regardless of how smart or right you believe yourself to be, you will not be heard by a wall. Obviously, a wall is not a good listener, which creates frustration. The frustration leads to confusion, which then ends in regret. This person, knowing that he cannot communicate with you, will move on to someone he believes will listen to what you did to him. This creates more frustration and miscommunication on everyone’s part. In short, whenever you speak with anger, regardless of whether or not you believe you have every right to do so – frustration, confusion, separation and regret are your end results.

– James Blanchard Cisneros, You Have Chosen to Remember: A
Journey From Perception to Knowledge, Peace of Mind and Joy, p. 163-134

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When we are angry our actions are not constructive. We become angered by others’ actions, which because of their immature nature, they had little control over. Our anger now becomes an immature reaction to their immature action. So we need to ask ourselves, where does this leave us? Definitely not in a peaceful place! A peaceful place is found by reacting with compassion and love toward our brother or sister. This peaceful place can be our goal in every situation. This peaceful place is our natural state, and our natural state is not temporal in nature.

Reacting with anger and condemnation might bring us a false and very temporary state of peace from the simple misperception that we are right and the other person is wrong, and that the wrong deserve to be punished. Remember our ego always answers first, and its primary goal is to separate us from our brother or sister. We need to ask ourselves: Would I rather be right or happy? Would I rather express false power or experience everlasting peace?

– James Blanchard Cisneros, You Have Chosen to Remember: A
Journey From Perception to Knowledge, Peace of Mind and Joy, p. 167

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The ego has taught us that if someone cuts us off in traffic, we should react with emotions such as annoyance, irritation, anger or even rage. The world considers these emotions to be natural and deserved responses. The world tells us that we have every right to be angry. It feels natural and right to react with anger because that is how we have been trained and what we are now used to. In fact, we often consider what is natural and what we’re used to as basically the same thing. Yet, what we are used to and what is natural are usually two completely different things. Any time we react with anger, such a reaction occurs not because it is natural, but because it has become a bad habit. We have learned negative tendencies, have not corrected them and they have become bad habits that we now call our natural behaviors. We have repeated these bad habits over a period of time and they have now become “second nature” or natural tendencies. But many of the reactions we consider natural tendencies have, in truth, nothing to do with our true nature. When we were children, our parents, other family members and friends reacted this way. As a child this type of reaction was often common, first with our parents and family members, then with our peers. As adults, they probably still react this way, and now we have probably joined them in their thinking. At first, such reactions probably did not sit well with us, but as we heard our families react over and over in such a manner, sooner or later we got used to the behavior, and let it be until their behavior became ours. 

– James Blanchard Cisneros, You Have Chosen to Remember: A
Journey From Perception to Knowledge, Peace of Mind and Joy, p. 198

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The next time you become angry with another driver, feel what that does to you, not only to your outer self but also to your inner self. Feel the heavy fog roll through your heart, feel its denseness. Feel the tension in your body, the anxiety. Then listen to the sadness in your soul. Hear it for the first time asking you this one simple question: Why would anyone in their right mind do something like this to themselves over and over again? Ask yourself: “What am I doing to myself? What am I accomplishing?” Then, as the fog dissipates and the light begins to shine through, say this: “I simply choose not to do this to myself any longer! There is another way I can react. I will now choose to see God’s child in my brother and sister!”

– James Blanchard Cisneros, You Have Chosen to Remember: A
Journey From Perception to Knowledge, Peace of Mind and Joy, p. 203-204

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The only value these behaviors hold for us and the world is for us to recognize them for what they are to us and the world: our unnatural selves, our false selves, our ego-selves. The only value they hold for us and the world is to experience them for a long enough period of time for us to get physically, mentally and spiritually sick of them. When we’ve had enough of them, we get to the point where we no longer choose or want to live this way. We no longer choose to support them and torture ourselves. We no longer choose to support them and torture others.

– James Blanchard Cisneros, You Have Chosen to Remember: A
Journey From Perception to Knowledge, Peace of Mind and Joy, p. 213

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Footnotes / Acknowledgments

Every effort has been made to provide accurate source attribution. Should any attribution be found to be incorrect, the author welcomes written documentation supporting correction for subsequent printings. For material not in the public domain, selection was made according to generally accepted fair-use standards and practices.

(22). Max Lucado, No Wonder They Call Him Savior, Copyright 1998 (Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 

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