Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned
You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger
Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.
More knowledge from “the enlightened one…”
The Third Universal Truth explained by the Buddha is that there are continuous changes due to the law of cause and effect — known as karma. Nothing ever happens to us unless we deserve it. We receive exactly what we earn, whether it is good or bad. We are the way we are now due to the things we have done in the past.
Take a moment
Every moment, we create new karma by what we think, say and do. Our thoughts and actions determine the kind of life we can have. If we understand this, we do not need to fear karma. It becomes our friend.
Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.
– Elizabeth I
I have seen a peaceful expression turn to anger as fast as a whip cracks, and so the look on the face might mean less than what it seems to be.
– Erica Eisdorfer
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
March is Women’s History Month! As a tribute to all of the women who have shaped our history, I am featuring quotes from women for this entire month. This first set of three quotes is about anger and forgiveness.
Anger, while part of the human set of emotions, binds and hurts. It can kill, and the nature of the emotion is so insidious that it can sneak up and we don’t even realize that we’re angry. The only way to really release that pain is to acknowledge it and try to shape our anger toward progress – progress in life, progress toward personal relationships, progress toward getting out of the state that got us there.
Take a moment
To think about the consequences of anger in your life, and how you could have made that situation dramatically different with the exercise of kindness. Do not eliminate your own anger, but seek to understand it. See if you can change a single situation, then take on the day!