The first step toward freedom from anger is to keep the lips silent when the heart is stirred; the next, to keep thoughts silent when the soul is upset; the last, to be totally calm when unclean winds are blowing.

 

Anger is an indication of concealed hatred, of grievance nursed. Anger is the wish to harm someone who has provoked you.

 

Irascibility is an untimely flaring up of the heart. Bitternes is a stirring up of the soul’s capacity for displeasure. Anger is an easily changed movement of one’s disposition, a disfigurement of the soul.

 

Just as darkness retrearts before light, so all anger and bitterness disappears before the fragrance of humility.

 

Some unfornutate people, who have a tendency to anger, neglect the treatment and cure of this passion and so give no thoughts to the saying “The momement of his anger is his downfall: (Ecclus 1:22)

 

—- John Climacus: The Ladder of Divine Ascent (The Classics of Western Spirituality)

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