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[ Also see Equanimity Hatred Madness Malice Passion Quarreling Quarrels Rage Resentment Revenge Scorn Temper Vexation Wrath ]

Scarce can I speak, my choler is so great. Oh! I could hew up rocks, and fight with flint.
      - William Shakespeare

To be in anger is impiety, but who is man that is not angry?
      - William Shakespeare

You are yoked with a lamb,
  That carries anger as the flint bears fire;
    Who, much enforced, shows a hasty spank,
      And straight is cold again.
      - William Shakespeare

Give him no breath, but now
  Make boot of his distraction: never anger
    Made good guard for itself.
      - William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra
         (Maecenas at IV, i)

If I had a thunderbolt in mine eye, I can tell who should down.
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Celia at I, ii)

Being once chafed, he cannot
  Be reigned again to temperance; then he speaks
    What's in his heart, and that is there which looks
      With us to break his neck.
      - William Shakespeare, Coriolanus
         (Brutus at III, iii)

Anger's my meat. I sup upon myself,
  And so shall starve with feeding.
      - William Shakespeare, Coriolanus
         (Volumnia at IV, ii)

O Cassius, you are yoked with a lamb
  That carries anger as the flint bears fire;
    Who, much enforced, shows a hasty spark,
      And straight is cold again.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Brutus at IV, iii)

What, drunk with choler?
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Northumberland at I, iii)

If it be you that stirs these daughters' hearts
  Against their father, fool me not so much
    To bear it tamely; touch me with noble anger,
      And let not women's weapons, water drops,
        Stain my man's cheeks.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (King Lear at II, iv)

Anger is like
  A full hot horse, who being allowed his way,
    Self-mettle tires him.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Norfolk at I, i)

What sudden anger's this? How have I reaped it?
  He parted frowning from me, as if ruin
    Leaped from his eyes. So looks the chafed lion
      Upon daring huntsman that has galled him;
        Then makes him nothing.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Wolsey at III, ii)

The brain may devise laws for the blood, but a hot temper leaps o'er a cold decree; such a hare is madness the youth to skip o'er the meshes of good counsel the cripple.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice (Portia at I, ii)

I tell thee, Kate, 'twas burnt and dried away,
  And I expressly am forbid to touch it,
    For it engenders choler, planteth anger,
      And better 'twere that both of us did fast,
        Since of ourselves, ourselves are choleric,
          Than feed it with such over-roasted flesh.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Taming of the Shrew
         (Petruchio at IV, i)

Come not within the measure of my wrath.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Two Gentlemen of Verona
         (Valentine at IV, i)

Anger and the thirst of revenge are a kind of fever; fighting and lawsuits, bleeding,--at least, an evacuation. The latter occasions a dissipation of money; the former, of those fiery spirits which cause a preternatural fermentation.
      - William Shenstone

Anger is a transient hatred; or at least very like it.
      - Bishop Robert South

Full many mischiefs follow cruel wrath;
  Abhorred bloodshed and tumultuous strife
    Unmanly murder and unthrifty scath,
      Bitter despite, with rancor's rusty knife;
        And fretting grief the enemy of life;
          All these and many evils more, haunt ire.
      - Edmund Spenser

Give not reins to your inflamed passions; take time and a little delay; impetuosity manages all things badly.
  [Lat., Ne frena animo permitte calenti;
    Da spatium, tenuemque moram; male cuncta ministrat
      - Statius (Publius Papanius Statius),
        Thebais (X, 703)

Heat is in proportion to the want of true knowledge.
      - Laurence Sterne

Not die here in a rage, like a poisoned rate in a hole.
      - Jonathan Swift, in a letter to Bolingbroke

An angry man is again angry with himself when he returns to reason.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus)

Patience provoked often turns to fury.
  [Lat., Furor fit laesa saepius patentia.]
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims (178)

Anger is like the waves of a troubled sea; when it is corrected with a soft reply, as with a little strand, it retires, and leaves nothing behind but froth and shells,--no permanent mischief.
      - Jeremy Taylor

If anger proceeds from a great cause, it turns to fury; if from small cause, it is peevishness; and so is always either terrible or ridiculous.
      - Jeremy Taylor

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